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Breakers 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Deliverance Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Granite Sea 7 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Greyrock Summit Trail 946 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Northwest Slabs 10 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 11
Ripple, The 1 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Sentinel, The 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
South Slabs, The 18 / 6 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 22
Southeast Face 18 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 18
Elevation: 7,348 ft
GPS: 40.715, -105.292 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Steve Marr on Jun 4, 2002
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac
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Description

Greyrock is a 7613-foot granite peak located northwest of Fort Collins. While this crag is relatively obscure to the climbing community, it is far from obscure to the hiking community. The peak lies along a popular hiking trail (Trail #147), and there is a foot trail that travels along the northeast side of the peak that leads to the summit. The peak itself is reached after about an hour's worth of stiff hiking up the trail from the trailhead adjacent to CO Hwy 14. Greyrock and its satellite crags boast well over 100 routes that climb slabs and cracks ranging from fingers to off-widths. The peak's main attraction is the numerous long, moderate routes that scale its flanks. The South Slabs offer a good variety of bolted slab routes from one to three pitches in length (beware of long runouts over easier terrain), while the Southeast Face contains excellent crack and slab routes up to five pitches long. There is also great climbing on the Northwest Slabs and on the numerous satellite crags to the northeast of the peak. One note of caution: do not be caught on the summit during the usual summer thunderstorms!

Climbing Areas: 'South Slabs' 'Southeast Face' 'Northwest Slabs' 'Granite Breakers' 'Granite Sea' Southeast Face: The Southeast Face is a slabby wall laced with numerous cracks. The face contains the highest concentration of long, multi-pitch crack climbs in the area. There are numerous climbs up to 500 feet in length. To get to the Southeast Face, approach Greyrock along the trail until the trail runs along the base, then scramble up through the trees to the base of the wall. To descend from routes that top out on the summit ridge, take the trail that leads down the northeast corner of the peak to the base. Some routes have rappel anchors, but bring two ropes if you plan any rappels.

Getting There

From Denver, head north on I-25 and take exit 269 west into Fort Collins along CO Hwy 14. Once in Fort Collins, turn right on North College Ave (CO 287) and continue another 10 miles. At the turn for CO 14 head west another 8 1/2 miles to the trailhead. Park on the south side of the highway at the Greyrock National Recreation Trail. The trail crosses a footbridge over the river and then climbs up into a dry, rocky draw. At the fork in the trail, keep right and head up through a large, open meadow. Greyrock is at the far side. Plan at least an hour to reach the base of the peak and about 45 minutes to get back to the parking lot. Bring plenty of water.

Fixed Hardware

Over the years, Greyrock has been the source of bolting conflicts. At this time, the Northern Colorado Climbers Coalition (NC3) strongly discourages the placement of additional bolts on existing routes, per community consensus. Any new bolts will be removed promptly and the holes will be patched. For questions regarding route development or hardware replacement, please contact the NC3 at nococlimbers@gmail.com

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Classic Climbing Routes at Greyrock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a R
 13
Sugar Mountain
Trad 2 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 3
Easy Sailing
Trad 3 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 14
Slab Happy
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 34
Barfy's Favorite
Trad 4 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R
 7
Aunt Edna's Costume Jewelry
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 18
Sky Crack
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 14
Judy's Jaunt
Trad 4 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 5
Dancing Ladies
Trad 3 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 58
Greatest Route
Trad 4 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 24
Simon
Trad 4 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13
 11
Jetstream Deluxe
Trad 3 pitches
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a R
 10
Mr. Gone
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5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R
 3
Cows in Space
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5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 3
Between Nothingness and Eternity
Trad, Sport
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
 4
Go Spuds Go
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Sugar Mountain S Slabs
 13
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a R Trad 2 pitches
Easy Sailing Granite Sea
 3
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 3 pitches
Slab Happy S Slabs
 14
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Barfy's Favorite Southeast Face
 34
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 4 pitches
Aunt Edna's Costume Jewelry S Slabs
 7
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R Trad
Sky Crack Northwest Slabs
 18
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Judy's Jaunt Southeast Face
 14
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 4 pitches
Dancing Ladies Southeast Face
 5
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 3 pitches
Greatest Route Southeast Face
 58
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 4 pitches
Simon Southeast Face
 24
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 4 pitches
Jetstream Deluxe Southeast Face
 11
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13 Trad 3 pitches
Mr. Gone Southeast Face
 10
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a R Trad 3 pitches
Cows in Space Northwest Slabs
 3
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R Trad
Between Nothingness and Ete… S Slabs
 3
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad, Sport
Go Spuds Go S Slabs
 4
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a Trad
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There is a big pool of water on the top of the rock that one can pump water from. Might be scary during a drought year, but in past years I have used this as a water source. Oct 9, 2002
This is a delightful rock! In the late 1960s, when, from time to time, I tired of grappling with new boulder problems at Horsetooth, I would drive up to the trailhead , hike up to the base of Greyrock, and pick a solo scramble up the sunny granite slopes. Most of the time I went up either the center of the photo (above) or over near the right skyline. There's also some bouldering on the large summit area. Occasionally, I would see climbers struggling on thin faces and cracks, while I sailed up the acres of easy to moderate rock. Don't think I ever took a climbing rope along, and yet I have wonderful memories.... Feb 26, 2003
Tortilla
Fakeville, USA
Tortilla   Fakeville, USA
Greyrock is a pretty sweet little zone if you don't want to fight crowds. There is a ton of great rock, and lots of really great routes too. Check the Mountain Shop in Fort Collins for Craig Lubben's guidebook if you are looking for more routes than you are finding on this site. Jan 24, 2005
Legs Magillicutty   Durango
This is one of the neatest moderate multi-pitch gems. The rock is beautiful, the hike in is pretty enjoyable and there wasn't another party on the entire formation, with the exception of the hikers. May 16, 2005
Nathan Van Horn
Colorado Springs, CO
Nathan Van Horn   Colorado Springs, CO
Okay, awesome rock! If you own a copy of Rock Climbing Colorado, you can pretty much throw it in the trash.... Sorry, it's an okay book, but Stewart Green constantly gives wrong information through out the whole book!!!! The book says it's an hour hike from parking to the base.... Um yeah, maybe if you have nothing but chalk and shoes, and maybe if you run the entire way.... This would not have been such bad info; however, my climbing partner and I decided to backpack in at nightfall, and well, let's just say after about two hours of hiking we were not even close! I'm no TREK master, but I'm in good shape. So you be the judge, bad info? Also, he will give you a how many miles to a base and can be off by 4 miles or so at any given time, the point is if you have the book, check here first before heading out, his parts in the Red Rock Open Space guidebook for Colorado Springs, bring an extra quickdraw on every climb he has described, somehow he missed one on every climb he wrote about!!!! Oct 24, 2009
Hi, Nathan! Thanks for your thoughts. If you check the above info for Greyrock, it also says to plan on an hour hike to the cliff base and 45 minutes back. I was up there three times this year, carrying rope and a rack, and it took...about an hour! If you're carrying bivy gear and hiking at night, it's gonna take longer. As far as Red Rock Canyon, tell me one route besides Helios, which I added a bolt to last spring, which has a different bolt count than in the little climbing guide. I mean, fella, I did the FA of about half the routes out there and have climbed all but 3 of the routes, so I know the counts are right. Besides, it's up to you, the climber, to decide how much gear you want to carry on a particular climb. Never rely on any guidebook for your safety or gear list. This ain't no paint by numbers climbin', ya know! Cheers. Oct 25, 2009
Pat McGrane was just in town last week. We got together for a little climbing, and bit more beer drinking with Jim Brink.

That got me to remembering the few dozen routes I did on Greyrock my freshman year at CSU in '73.

I remember projecting that aweful chimney on TR, what is now known as "Go Spuds, Go". I never led it, but did TR it in spring '74. I did lead many horrendous runout slab routes on the SW slabs that I rated Devil's Lake,WI, F8 to F10 "back in the day" ratings.

First ascents...maybe, but the rock is so high profile I doubt it.

Good times ! Sep 19, 2010
Jason Haas
G1 Climbing + Fitness
Jason Haas   G1 Climbing + Fitness
The new Poudre book has arrived and it fully includes Greyrock. All money goes to benefit Craig Luebben's daughter via a college fund. Snag it off the Fixed Pin website or pick up a copy in any of the local shops. Dec 18, 2010
Kevin Landolt
Fort Collins, Wyoming
Kevin Landolt   Fort Collins, Wyoming
"My hands still sweat when I think of Tom Moderson leading the blank lower face of Mr. Gone long before the bolts were added, or meandering up the Granite Sea with Jeff Bassett before a single bolt graced the face. Standard practice was to tiptoe up a blank face armed only with a rack of small wired nuts and hope for the best."
- Pat McGrane

Badass for sure. Greyrock has a proud history. Dec 22, 2010
Nathan Van Horn
Colorado Springs, CO
Nathan Van Horn   Colorado Springs, CO
Mr. Green, look I say if you are going to write a book, give facts not delusional memories... a car has an odometer that is going to be exact, how are you consistently wrong by an average of 3 miles!? It's incomprehensible...do all climbers a favor and either stop writing books or fix them... as far as Red Rocks, the very first edition of the book was completely wrong on every climb you were accredited... sorry, just a fact, not my memory.... Feb 19, 2011
Kevin Landolt
Fort Collins, Wyoming
Kevin Landolt   Fort Collins, Wyoming
Average hiking times for a fit climber: 40 minutes to base of S. Slabs, 45 to SE Face, 55 to NW Slab, 1 hour to Breakers/Granite Sea.

My best car to summit time - via the Sugar Mountain route (sans rope/climbing shoes) is 58 minutes. A decent trail-runner (I suck) could easily knock 5-10 minutes off that time. Let's see it! Mar 28, 2012
Tre
Fort Collins, CO
Tre   Fort Collins, CO
Anyone boulder the Greyrock area? Last time I hiked it looked like there was some potential.... Apr 21, 2012
Drew Clements
Fort Collins, CO
Drew Clements   Fort Collins, CO
I'd expect Greyrock to be closed for a few weeks (at least a couple) while fire crews do mop up and remove hazard trees resulting from the recent fire. Depending on trail conditions, maybe even longer. Renegade trips might be do-able. May 22, 2012
Greyrock is still closed. Spoke with FS today. Soil impact studies going on or something. Jul 4, 2012
FOUND! Single person tent: Ozark Trail - tan with orange trim. Call 303-718-4537 if you lost this tent on Saturday March 18th on the Grey Rock hiking trail. Mar 20, 2017

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