Ascent of Green Mountain on 2017-05-12
|Date:||Friday, May 12, 2017|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||8144 ft / 2482 m|
Ascent Trip ReportFor my 32nd birthday, I wanted to do something special: climb all three of the prominent peaks rising above the Boulder Flatirons: Green, Bear, and South Boulder. Using a guide book, I decided to try a long loop that would link the three and move from north to south, then descend Fern Canyon and take the Mesa Trail back north to Chautauqua Park. I got a later start than expected, but it was a beautiful, clear day. The Gregory Canyon route that leads to Green provides increasingly impressive views of Boulder as you hike through the trees to Green's summit. Once crossing the ridge to the west side, you're treated to panoramic views of the Indian Peaks and southern Rocky Mountain National Park, still very much snow covered on this May day. A short scramble up, and you reach the summit of Green Mountain, so called for its tree covered top. On top of the rock pile is a guide that lets you line up and identify every peak you can see to the west, from Meeker and Longs to the north, to Evans and Bierstadt to the south, and many summits in between. I didn't linger long as I had many miles ahead of me. Next, it was on to Bear Peak.
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| Quality:||3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail|
| Distance:||2 mi / 3.2 km|
| Start Trailhead:||Gregory Canyon |
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