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: James Schroeder, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC

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

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5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a R
 14
Sugar Mountain
Trad 2 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 26
Fun Flake
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 14
Slab Happy
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 39
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
 21
Sky Crack
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 18
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
 68
Greatest Route
Trad 4 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 25
Simon
Trad 4 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13
 12
Jetstream Deluxe
Trad 3 pitches
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a R
 10
Mr. Gone
Trad 3 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R
 4
Cows in Space
Trad
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 4
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
 14
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a R Trad 2 pitches
Fun Flake S Slabs
 26
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
Slab Happy S Slabs
 14
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Barfy's Favorite Southeast Face
 39
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
 21
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Judy's Jaunt Southeast Face
 18
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
 68
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 4 pitches
Simon Southeast Face
 25
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 4 pitches
Jetstream Deluxe Southeast Face
 12
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
 4
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R Trad
Between Nothingness and Ete… S Slabs
 4
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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