Grey Rock #542

So this was more like hike #7, but I am aiming for hyperbole here.

Caleb’s friend, Josh, was in town this weekend, and you simply cannot come to Colorado without being thrown into the wilderness for a few hours. After a few days of hitting up Old Town (Crown Pub, I think you might be the winner of this particular visit — sorry Drunken Monkey, you’re still tool city), it was time to tour the other side of Fort Collins.

I have to admit, the hike kicked my butt (I really need to start hiking regularly again), but Josh was an excellent sport! He didn’t even complain when we had to walk back in almost complete darkness, save  a my headlamp that Caleb was operating in the front of the pack. It was for the best; I complained enough for a few people…

On to the pictures!

Notice the hint of past nights on the town in this picture:

I believe we had a discussion about God Complexes earlier in the day…

Between the Old Town good times and the butt-kicking hike, the weekend was certainly a nice vacation from reality for me. I only hope our company felt the same way!

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30 August 2010. Tags: . colorado, Hiking/Backpacking. Leave a comment.

Waving to the East

Grey Rock is one of my favorite hikes in the Fort Collins area. It offers an amazing view, not to mention a thorough workout. This was climb number four for me and the first summit for Angela. Okay, honestly, we didn’t actually go to the summit, we opted for the false one because it was better for wind protection and sunning. But it was a summit hike, nonetheless.

This time I simply waved to my family in the distance. In a month, they will be here to join me on this magnificent trail. If you look closely (really, extremely closely) you might be able to make out Springfield…

When Ang and I reached the top, we rested and enjoyed the view until our bums were numb. The view is always my favorite part of hiking.

And after deciding to take the “easier” meadow trail on the way back, we realized that it was anything BUT easier, but were at least rewarded with some more great views. It’s hard to believe it took us thirty minutes to get from the top of this rock to the meadow were this picture was taken:

I even got a bird’s-eye-view of last weekend’s hike at Hewlett Gulch!

11 April 2010. Tags: , , , , , . colorado, Hiking/Backpacking. Leave a comment.

Gray Days Call for Grey Rock!

There is nothing gloomy about this peak. Grey Rock is one of my favorite Fort Collins area hikes and one that I often revisit. This weekend, several of my old friends got together for a reunion in the great outdoors. The beginning of the trail was amazing. Sunny, not a cloud in sight (alright, maybe a happy cumulus or two), and filled with beautiful sounds of running water and birds. The end was a little colder, a little windier, and a little tougher to climb down due to excess ice, but was well worth the bruised bums.

Making our way up. We let out a ‘woop!’ when we reached the “to Grey Rock Summit” sign… and then proceeded to layer up!

We had to stop for a group picture. It wouldn’t be a hike without one…

And after some fun on the ice rink, we scrambled or way to the summit!

And Jeannie demonstrated the Victory pose for those ants down below!

Another great hike under my belt, but I can’t wait for the next!

To get to Grey Rock From Fort Collins, CO: Take Hwy 287 North to Hwy 14. Drive up the Poudre Canyon for about 25 min.  Grey Rock trail will be on the right side of the road (clearly marked). Parking lot is on left. Cross the road at the cross walk, walk over the bridge, and you’re on your way to an amazing adventure through the great Rocky Mountains!

NOTE: I suggest taking the summit trail and when you reach what you think might be the summit, keep going down the trail! The first is only a “false summit.” The real one is only another few hundred yards to the west.

14 February 2010. Tags: , , , , . colorado, Hiking/Backpacking. Leave a comment.