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Ascent of Green Mountain on 2016-11-06

Climber: Dave Covill

Others in Party:Sharon Dawson
Nickie Kelly
Crystal Marty
Daedra Pierce
Rachel Miedema
Paul Wefald
Sheryl Lampert
Date:Sunday, November 6, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Green Mountain
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:8144 ft / 2482 m

Ascent Trip Report

Part of a Colo Mtn Club trip, entitled "Guardians of the Flatirons". 8 of us left Chautauqua Park TH at the NE corner of the Boulder Open Space Park at the Flatirons, 7:20 AM Sun Nov 6th, and didn't get back for almost 10 hours. We ascended past Gregory Amphitheater to the N ridge of Green Mtn, 8,144', which has some boulders on top and is probably Class 2 for a few feet off of the good trail system. We snacked there on chocolate, arriving about 10:30AM, and headed down the SW side then S to Bear Creek.

After crossing Bear Creek 2 of our party left early to a staged vehicle at NCAR along the partly washed out trail there left in tatters by the floods of a few years ago. The remaining 6 of us climbed the NW flank of Bear Mtn, 8,461', and were on top by about 12:30PM. There is perhaps 20' of scrambling to gain the high rocks, and I would call it Class 2+ or better. There were quite a few hikers on top, perhaps two dozen in all, and we enjoyed more snacks before heading down the S Ridge of Bear Mtn to our final destination.

South Boulder Peak is the highpoint of the Flatirons complex, at 8,549'. There were a few hikers, as it is less visited with fewer trails leading directly to it, as opposed to Bear which can be easily accessed from many directions. There is Class 2+ scrambling for the final 100' horizontal and perhaps 30' vertically on moderate boulders. Arriving at 1:15, we were tired from the warm weather on the perfect Fall day. The summit and western approach were burned years ago, and it is not as pretty as the other summits. We enjoyed pizza that magically appeared at the summit, and lingered for a half hour.

The descent down Shadow Canyon is a bit rough, with erosion leaving it a rocky trail. An hour of decent down 2K' to the SE brought us to the Mesa Trail, and left us only 5 miles from the cars. We trekked N on the popular Mesa Trail, crossing rough eroded portions near Bear Creek and other minor streams that BOSP are in the progress of repairing. There is a lot of work remaining for this trail to become easily hiked, and credit should be given to Boulder for allowing hikers to make their way across rough terrain as they feel they are capable of doing. We passed many hikers and joggers here, even as dusk approached with todays time change bringing darkness shortly past 5PM. We reached the TH at 5:05, for 9:45 hours of hiking.

Our group was strong and relatively fast, and our more or less hour and a half of break time still left us hiking this loop for over 8 hours. We recorded 5,500' of gain on different GPS units, and 15 miles of distance travelled. I felt this hike was worthy of D-Moderate status on the CMC calendar, although I wouldn't give it a D-Diff rating. We headed into Boulder to Southern Sun for liquid and solid nourishment. Great day.

Participants included Sharon Dawson, Nickie Kelly, Crystal Marty, Daedra Pierce, Rachel Miedema, Paul Wefald, LIT Leader Sheryl Lampert, and myself, Dave Covill.

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