Ascent of Green Mountain on 2018-04-27

Climber: BMS 914

Others in Party:Todd L
Grace from Boulder
Date:Friday, April 27, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Green Mountain
    Elevation:8144 ft / 2482 m

Ascent Trip Report

After 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
Ascent Statistics
    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
Descent Statistics
    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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