Ascent of Green Mountain on 2016-11-12

Climber: Bradley R

Date:Saturday, November 12, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Green Mountain
    Elevation:8144 ft / 2482 m

Ascent Trip Report

The Plan: I was visiting Denver for an extended weekend vacation where I planned to do a lot of hiking. My main goal of the trip was Mount Elbert, with Pikes Peak and/or Blanca Peak also on my radar. On Saturday I landed relatively early, but too late to try Elbert or others on my radar. I was planning to stay with my old roommate, and his wife suggested that I hike near the flint rocks Saturday if I had time. This is what I did.

Parking: Chautauqua Park was full, so I parked on a nearby street.

The hike: Prior to getting to the park I didn't have much information on the trails. When I walked into the park I stopped at a map and took a picture of it. I saw Green Mountain on the map and decided that's where I'd go. Early on the trails were very crowded, I started by going short distances on the streets to the park and Chautauqua and Baseline trails (1.0 miles).

Next I turned onto the Amphitheater trail. Starting here there were fewer people and steepness began. (0.4 miles, 1.4 total). After this I connected to Sliding Rock trail. Starting here I had a handful of views of snow capped peaks in the distance. (0.7 miles, 2.1 total)

Following this I took a left onto the E.M. Greenman trail. The views of the snow capped peaks became more frequent with wider views. Finally I reached the top of Green Mountain where there were roughly 6-7 groups of people hanging out and taking in the views. The high point is on a small rock outcropping. I climbed up this and took a handful of photos. There's a plate marked with the surrounding peaks and their elevation marked. (0.95 miles, 3.05 total)

I turned around and and returned via the same route, except I stayed on Sliding Rock this time bypassing the Amphitheater trail. (3.2 miles, 6.25 total)

During this hike I had about 5 runners pass me by.

Weather: Weather was unseasonably warm in Colorado, I completed this hike in a T-shirt and thin pants and was comfortable the entire time. This was a worthwhile hike for a short day.

Notes: The trails were crowded early on, and far from empty in the later steeper sections.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2673 ft / 814 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2673 ft / 814 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.2 mi / 10.1 km
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Pretty Day
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2673 ft / 814 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2546 ft / 776 m; Extra: 127 ft / 38m
    Loss on way in:127 ft / 38 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.9 km
    Route:Chautauqua>Baseline>Amphitheater>Saddle Rock>E.M.
    Start Trailhead:10th St below Chautauqua Park  5598 ft / 1706 m
    Time:1 Hours 39 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2546 ft / 776 m
    Distance:3.2 mi / 5.2 km
    Route:E.M. Greenman>Saddle Rock>Baseline>Chautauqua
    End Trailhead:10th St below Chautauqua Park  5598 ft / 1706 m
    Time:1 Hours 34 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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