Deep in the Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forest Pawnee National Grasslands, the Greyrock Meadows Trail is a year-round adevnture that's fun to hike with your four-legged best friend. The rigorous, but short hike gives some amazing sights along its nearly 3-mile route, with ups and downs in elevation. Once at the end of the trail, you and Fido will be able to turn back and enjoy the sights all over again.
Parking for the trail is available along Poudre Canyon Road, with a parking lot and off-street parking available along the Cache La Poudre River. Whichever side you park on, you'll have to walk on the road for about two minutes to the west before coming to the entrance of Greyrock Trail. The Greyrock Meadows Trail starts about .3-miles down Greyrock Trail, after crossing a bridge. The Greyrock Meadows Trail gets its name thanks to its more laid back terrain, with a compacted soil and gravel layout. The trail itself meanders through gorgeous fields and grasslands, with patches of alpine forests.
The meadows are pupular thanks to the wildflowers that grow here, quilting some areas in colorful flowers. The trail follows up through the grassy foothills, and after two miles, the trail comes into view of the ending landmark, Greyrock Mountain. The mountain is known as The Rock to the locals, due to its rocky cliff face and sharp point that sticks up into the sky, with a snow top throughout the fall, winter, and spring months. The trail continues around the western and northern edge before it stops, connecting back to Greyrock Trail.
Although the trail is a moderate hike, its still a fun spot to hike with your pup and is even better for viewing wildlife like bears, deer, groundhogs, wild turkey, and wild hogs. After traveling back along the route to the parking lot, the descent down is much easier to climb than up, and offers benches to rest along the way. Be sure to bring watrer and clean up bags. Trash bins are located in the parking lot for when you need to clean up after Fido.
The gorgeous and rocky landscape offers beautiful views and is very worth the steep trek.