Grayback Mountain  
Maps:        
USGS 7.5' Map: Summitville
Statistics:
Difficulty: Number: Miles: Altitude: Obstacles: Time:
Easy 2 FR 330.3A 1.25 11,200 to 12,616 ft. NA 1 hour
County: Rio Grande
Adopted by:      
Managed by: Rio Grande National Forest
Conejos Peak Ranger District
15571 County Road T5
La Jara, CO 81140
719-274-8971
Summary: Grayback Mountain is a short road to the top of Grayback Mountain where a radio tower is situated. Great views of the surrounding mountains.
Attractions: Scenic views
Seasonal
Closure:
Agency - March 15 to May 15
Best Time: June - Upper section may still be snowed in
July - Best
August - Best
September - Best
October - Watch for early snows
Trail Heads
Accessed:
None
Camping: None
Base Camp: Not a good place for base camp
Fall Colors: None - The road is above timberline
Navigation: From South Fork, CO. head east on US-160 E for 13.0 miles. Turn right onto Off Lane and go 0.8 miles. Turn left onto County Road 14A and go 0.8 miles. Take a sharp right onto Pinos Creek Road and go 18.0 miles. Take a slight left and go 1.2 miles. Take a right turn to start the Grayback Mountain 4WD road.

From Del Norte, CO. head west on US-160 W for 0.5 miles. Turn left onto Pinos Road and go 0.3 miles. Continue onto Pinos Creek Road for 19.9 miles. Take a slight left and continue 1.2 miles. Take a right turn to start the Grayback Mountain 4WD road.
History:  
Description:
Grayback Mountain 4WD road is a short spur that leaves the Summitville, FR330, road to climb to the top of Grayback Mountain where there is a radio tower. The road is a single lane road that does two switch backs before reaching the top of the Mountain. The road is not difficult as it is the access for maintaining the radio equipment on top.
Heading up

photo by:
Adam M

From the top of Grayback Mountain you get great views of the surrounding mountains.
Radio tower at the top

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Brian M

View from the top

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Joyce M

Also, from the top you can view the Summitville reclamation work that was done at the Summitville mines on South Mountain.
View of the summitville site

photo by:
Adam M

Heading down

photo by:
Brian M

Data updated - November 1, 2015        4WD Road driven - July 19, 2015        Copyright 4X4Explore.com - 2000-2015