Grayback Mountain

Grayback Mountain

Grayback Mountain is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 3.853m (12,641ft) above the sea level, located in Rio Grande County, in the state of Colorado, in USA. It’s one of the highest mountain roads of Colorado. Great views of the surrounding mountains.

The road to the summit, located within the Rio Grande National Forest, is gravel, rocky, tippy and bumpy at times. The road is impassable from October to June (weather permitting). The site is not drivable until snow drifts melt off the access road so visitors should not attempt to go here until at least mid-July at the earliest. Great trail for experienced wheelers. A radio tower is situated at the summit. The wind is usually quite strong at mountain areas. High winds blow here all year long. Even in summer you can confront with snowy days. Temperatures here in the winter are brutally cold. Avoid driving in this area if unpaved mountain roads aren't your strong point. A high-clearance 4x4 vehicle is recommended, but the road may be accessible by a 2x4 vehicle. Stay away if you're scared of heights. Expect a trail pretty steep. Wet conditions may make for tough driving along the muddy road. The road to the summit, also known as Greyback Mountain. is a single lane road that does two switch backs before reaching the top of the mountain. The journey offers superb views. It’s definitely worth it. A drive not to be missed! It is a great place to get a 360-degree panorama of the San Juan Mountains.
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