With Mom in town, we wanted to take her on another really great hike for the weekend. We decided to head up the classic trail to the summit of Greyrock mountain, just northwest of Fort Collins. It was a pretty nice day, the sun kept coming and going behind a pretty thick layer of cloud, but the air was warm enough to keep us sweating as we worked our way up the mountain.
We decided to take the meadows trail on the way up, and it was a really nice trip. We saw lots of great spring flowers, and deer out munching the new green grass. Mom did great the whole way up, and even scrambled up the exposed third-class boulders to the summit block on top of the mountain! She said she was really surprised to see the ponds, forest and frogs that live in the summit area. That’s always my favorite part of making it to the top.
As we were hanging out on top of the rock, Dylan and Ann topped out from their multi-pitch trad climb up the southwest slopes. It was fun hanging out with them as they re-racked and talked excitedly about the adventure they had just had. We ended up helping them carry their stuff down the mountain, and then hiked out with them at the end of the day. It was a long day, almost 8 hours round-trip, and I was tired as we piled in to the car. So tired, I left my nice camera sitting on the side of the road as we drove off! But that’s for another post. For now, it was a fun day, and we topped it off with a great dinner with Dylan and Ann at Coop’s.