Climbing Grey Rock in Fort Collins
Big news ya'll. Fort Fun has some climbing to offer! Yup just a quick drive out of dear old FoCo is is a big gorgeous hunk of granite!
Now, you will have to hike an hour and a half to get to it, with all your trad gear... but hey it's Fort Collins, can't expect too much ;)
Grey Rock is cool. Like really cool. It's a massive granite dome and it has climbs from 5.7 and up (guess which one we did, 5.fun for lyfe!). If you are looking for some solid multi-pitch with no climbing crowds, this is the place for you.
Now, I said no climbing crowds. We saw only 2 other climbers the whole day we were there on an absolutely perfect bluebird Saturday. But hikers abound! Be warned that at least one person who knows were Grey Rock is has a drone and likes to fly it near climbers... hope you got a good shot of my booty yall!
Almost all of the climbing here is trad but a lot of the routes will also include some bolts on the slab sections. The climbing is a great mix of crack and slab so if you are a jug-happy-face-climber be cool and learn to love cheese grater slab at Grey.
We did a 5.7/8 route. Brent wore his approach tennies the whole time, I put my actual climbing shoes on for one pitch and wore my approach tennies the rest of the time.
You can climb this with just one rope if you plan on going all the way to the top. You will summit the dome and take the trail down the back side. There is a really pretty little pond at the top!
Here is the info from Mountain Project:
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.
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.