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Ascent of Green Mountain on 2017-03-16

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Thursday, March 16, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Green Mountain
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:8144 ft / 2482 m

Ascent Trip Report

This odd spring weather continues and it was 75F and sunny and most of the snow had melted away. Locals tell me this route should have required snow shoes or at least microspikes at this time of year but it was clear all the way to the top. Patches of snow in shady protected slopes up near the summit but not on the trail. The daily fee is no longer only $3 be prepared to drop $5 in the box. But the drive up from Boulder is spectacular. This is a great bouldering rock climbing area and heavily used county park area. If you are visiting the area from out of town, like me, be aware that there are many ways to summit this peak with varying degrees of gain and mileage. I elected to park further down slope than the West Ridge Trail that is relatively level and provides little gain (around 500 feet) to grab this fine front range peak. So I parked down at the Realization Point where I could earn the peak.

I selected the Ranger Trail option and had to cross the road from the parking and descend down some (thus much of the additional gain) and took the Gregory Canyon Trail till it intersected the Ranger Trail option and the Long Canyon Trail. I took Ranger Trail and then ascended up to the next intersection where you can head right on Ranger Trail or left on Saddle Rock Trail. Ranger is also called Chautaqua on the maps. There is another trail junction further up slope and this the Ranger Trail or EM Greenman Trail. I stayed right again on the Ranger Trail and followed the trail through increasingly steep rocky class 1+ to 2 material. At the summit there are a couple of easy conglomerate sandstone blocks and the actual peak has a small class 2+ finish.

The views are very good. The woods leading to the final craggy approach are very attractive and the pines are not burned or beetled so the woods walk is great and the trails maintained excellent. The views are better than Bear and South Boulder Peak. I realize I rate all hikes better than those bored with terrain like this in their backyard but being from FL I have to give this hike using this sparsely used route with solitude on a 70 degree sunny spring day a happy 7/10.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1596 ft / 485 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1596 ft / 485 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Grade/Class:1, 1+ with some 2+ t
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
57F beautiufl day
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1496 ft / 455 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1396 ft / 426 m; Extra: 100 ft / 30m
    Loss on way in:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route: Ranger Trail
    Start Trailhead:Realization Point Parking  6748 ft / 2056 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1496 ft / 455 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1396 ft / 426 m; Extra: 100 ft / 30m
    Gain on way out:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:See TR
    End Trailhead:same  6748 ft / 2056 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Denver-4

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Green Mountain2017-03-16 a1596 ft / 486 m
2Flagstaff Mountain2017-03-16 b302 ft / 92 m
2North Table Mountain-Quarry Peak2017-03-17 B53 ft / 16 m
3Sugarloaf Mountain2017-03-16 c476 ft / 145 m
6Mount Zion2017-03-17 F379 ft / 116 m
10North Table Mountain2017-03-17 A570 ft / 174 m
14Centennial South Peak2017-03-17 C1215 ft / 370 m
14(Attempt) Centennial Cone2017-03-17 D500 ft / 152 m
15Peak 78142017-03-17 E584 ft / 178 m
17Peak 71602017-03-17 G220 ft / 67 m
18Lookout Mountain2017-03-17 H94 ft / 29 m
19Colorow Hill2017-03-17 I300 ft / 91 m
20South Table Mountain2017-03-18 J555 ft / 169 m
21Castle Rock2017-03-18 K154 ft / 47 m
22Peak 71602017-03-18 L280 ft / 85 m
24Lookout Mountain2017-03-18 M54 ft / 16 m
30Mount Glennon2017-03-19 M973 ft / 297 m
Total Trip Gain: 8305 ft / 2530 m    Total Trip Loss: 5896 ft / 1796 m



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