May 18, 2018 Slideshows » Columns

Road trip hike: Grayback Peak Hike 

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Carrying over from the Indy's "hikes worth your time" piece in the recent Insider, this week's featured hike is Grayback Peak — a nice little hike near Cheyenne Mountain that most people drive right by. A moderate hike of just a little over 4 miles round-trip, Grayback Peak offers a rewarding 360-degree view at the top.

To get there: Take Old Stage Road for about 5.3 miles from the start of the dirt road. Turn left onto US Forest Service Road 371 (look for the sign for Emerald Valley Ranch), and follow it for .25 miles. Look for the small parking area on the left side of the road at the crest of a small hill.
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Turn left at the Emerald Valley Ranch sign.
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Take FS 371 for .25 miles.
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A horse trail from nearby stables crosses through the parking area, so make sure you don't block the trail. For this hike, take the only trail that goes uphill from the parking area.
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The trail starts by going uphill from the parking lot.
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The first half mile is a little steep, eroded and there's lots of skree.
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After the first .5 miles the trail flattens out a bit and winds through evergreens. At about .90 miles there is another short steep section.
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At about 1.05 miles, trail crests a small rise and Grayback Peak comes into view.
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Grayback Peak viewed from the trail.
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There are some social trails that branch off the trail, however you'll want to stay on the main trail until about 1.25 miles, then turn right. Usually, the trail going straight is blocked, as shown, but you can't count on it so watch your mileage and for the side trail.
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If you're not sure where to turn, look for this arrow and the letters "GB" carved into a tree when you turn right. From here the trail drops downhill for a bit. At about 1.55 miles the trail starts up the east side of Grayback Peak through a series of long switch backs.
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At 1.9 miles the trail comes out at the south end of the summit, with views to the south and southeast.
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The north end of the summit is just a few dozen feet away, with views of Mt Rosa (center) and the shoulder of Almagre Mountain.
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The Emerald Valley Ranch as seen from the north end of the summit.
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A map of this hike.
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Turn left at the Emerald Valley Ranch sign.

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