Ascent of Green Mountain on 2018-04-27
|Others in Party:||Todd L|
Grace from Boulder
|Date:||Friday, April 27, 2018|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||8144 ft / 2482 m|
Ascent Trip ReportAfter wrapping up our work trip, and still a little tired from our hike of Mount Morrison the day before, Todd and I elected to head to Boulder for Green Mountain on the advice of a local colleague. Harlan was too tired to go, so the two of us made the pleasant drive to Boulder, found a grocery store for Gatorade, and parking at the trailhead which we paid $5 for.
We originally were going to take the Ranger Trail up, and descend the Saddle Rock Trail down, but got messed up, and started up the wrong trail. It didn't take us long to figure out our mistake, but we were enjoying the Saddle Rock Trail, and opted to just keep going. We saw few people on the Saddle Rock or E.M. Greenman Trails, which aren't as popular with casual hikers as the Ranger and Gregory Canyon routes to summit Green Mountain.
The highlight of this route was an actual ladder, installed on a steep section of trail to prevent further erosion. The sections we covered are steeper than the other route, and had some snow near the top.
The summit is a rocky outcrop, which was littered with hikers. It has a pretty cool summit register cairn structure (held with concrete), and topped with a little map of the impressive mountains visible nearby (Longs Peak, Mount Evans, Mount Bierstadt, etc., all of which were covered in a lot of snow.)
When we started down we realized the other trail was much easier, and where all the hikers had come from. We met a nurse from Boulder who was hiking down with us, and gave us some local lunch tip to the very touristy area in Boulder. A sandwich and a well-earned beer, followed by some shopping for gifts wrapped up a pleasant outing.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||2404 ft / 732 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||2404 ft / 732 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||5 mi / 8 km|
| Grade/Class:||Class 1|
| Quality:||4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Calm, Clear|
Clear and sunny
| Gain on way in:||2371 ft / 722 m|
| Gain Breakdown:||Net: 2354 ft / 718 m; Extra: 17 ft / 5m|
| Loss on way in:||17 ft / 5 m|
| Distance:||2.2 mi / 3.5 km|
| Route:||Saddle Rock/E.M. Greenman Trails|
| Start Trailhead:||Gregory Canyon Trailhead 5790 ft / 1764 m|
| Time:||1 Hours 47 Minutes|
| Loss on way out:||2387 ft / 727 m|
| Loss Breakdown:||Net: 2354 ft / 718 m; Extra: 33 ft / 10m|
| Gain on way out:||33 ft / 10 m|
| Distance:||2.8 mi / 4.5 km|
| Route:||Ranger/Gregory Canyon Trails|
| End Trailhead:||Gregory Canyon Trailhead 5790 ft / 1764 m|
| Time:||1 Hours 12 Minutes|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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