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Pikes Peak Adventure Series III

I was recently directed to check out the Pikes Peak Adventure series written by my friend a predecessor, Austin Muir (Pikes Peak Adventure Series I and Pikes Peak Adventure Series II). I am excited to pick up the blog where he left off and share some of my favorite trails with you all.

Sam out hiking

While some of my officemates disagree (sorry, Beth), I like myself a good out-and-back trail, much like Greyback Ridge (Peak) Trail. Just under 2 miles, one-way, with just over 700 feet of climbing, this trail boasts views of dramatic rock bluffs and green valleys. The trailhead is located about 30 minutes up Old Stage Road from the Broadmoor. There is room for only a few vehicles, so carpool if you are hiking with friends (also the environmentally friendly option).

On my most recent visit to Greyback, I was joined by my frisbee friend Ashleigh and her dog Rio.

Sam and friends

Between the limber pine that borders much of the hike, we found our first glimpse of fall!

Something to know about this trail, often used by horse riders, is how exposed it can be. It is a ridge, so keep your eye to the sky and watch for storms. This exposure also leads to erosion. The trail looks more like a wash at points and is often covered with slidey gravel.

But fear not! Bring good shoes and persevere! The summit of the hike guarantees a stunning view–plains to the east, our Pike National Forest to the West, and the Spanish Peaks to the South (assuming smoke doesn’t obscure your vision like it did ours on this visit in late August).

Ultimately, it is one of my favorite hikes in the region, and it could become even more beautiful as the fall colors come in. Check out Greyback if you’d like, but most importantly, enjoy your next adventure outside!

Blog by: Sam Hinkle – hinkle@catamountinstitute.org

1 Comment
  1. YES! The Pikes Peak Adventure Series is back! Awesome.
    Lots of love,

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