The Greyrock Trail in Bellvue, Colorado is a popular place for hikers and their dogs to spend the day, and for good reason! This summit hike has breathtaking views, is in close proximity to the larger town of Fort Collins, and is a designated National Recreation Trail. The trail gets progressively more challenging until you get to the top of Greyrock Mountain, but is still attainable for relatively fit people and pups. Just over 4 hours round-trip, this is a great way to spend your day with your canine companion!
The trailhead can be found along Poudre Canyon Road, less than a 30 minute drive northwest of Fort Collins. At the trailhead, you’ll find free parking for 39 cars, and vault toilets. From here, your adventure begins! The trail has a gradual incline for about ¾ of a mile until you meet the Greyrock Trail #946 and Greyrock Meadows Trail #947 junction. The left branch, Greyrock Meadows Trail #947, is slightly longer but less strenuous. The trail is commonly done as a loop, by following the Greyrock Meadows Trail up to the summit, and taking the Greyrock Trail back down. This loop equals just over 7 miles.
Along the trail, you’ll enjoy views of broad open grasslands with wildflowers, and Greyrock’s granite peak as a backdrop. The last portion of the trail to the summit is a steep scramble and involves some maneuvering, but is relatively safe if you and your doggo take your time.
This trail is open year-round, but be sure to check the weather before heading out! It can change suddenly, so be prepared. There are some great rock climbing spots along the trail that you can bring your crag dog with you to, as well as fishing opportunities. Be sure to keep your puppers leashed and on the trail for their own safety, and follow Leave No Trace Principles.
All in all, Greyrock Trail is a natural playground that you and your best pal will love to explore!
Carry plenty of drinking water for you and your pup, as water sources along the trail may contain Giardia. Keep an eye out for wild animals such as mountain lions, bears, rattlesnakes and more. Stay on the trail to avoid any contact with poison ivy.