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Green Mountain Tour

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 3.8 (27) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A good hike with easy Front Range access. Some steep climbs, rocks and nice views.


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5.4

Miles

8.7

KM

Loop

6,854' 2,089 m

High

6,132' 1,869 m

Low

909' 277 m

Up

900' 274 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

20%

Max Grade (11°)

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Features Views · Wildlife

Overview

This is a nice place to hike without having too long of a drive from town. The west side on this route has nice views of Front Range mountains. The trails here tend to dry out quickly after a rain or snow so you can hike here year round. You can see three 14ers from the top of Green Mountain: Mt. Evans to the west, Pike's Peak to the south, and Long's Peak to the north.

Shade and trees are sparse and there can be lots of foot and bike traffic especially on the weekends. The parking lots, especially on the east side, can easily fill up on a busy weekend.

Need to Know

Keep your eyes open for rattlesnakes.

Description

From the end of the parking lot, you'll see a map display. Take a quick look at that before starting on the trail at your left. At the first fork you'll turn right and head uphill. There will be some steep climbing for a bit. Keep climbing up the trail to the large antenna tower where the trail meets up with a dirt service road where the Summit Loop Trail begins.

Continue left up the service road down the saddle and back up the other side. At the top of the hill, turn off of the service road onto Rooney Valley Trail to reach the summit which is not far away. Enjoy the 360-degree views before continuing west on Rooney Valley Trail to descend. You'll see a hang glider launch point. Another good spot to check out the views.

Continue down the trail and you'll eventually start to traverse the mountain. There is a fork that may be confusing and you'll stay left going toward Green Mountain. There are some nice views of a group of trees on Green Mountain that seem to be missing everywhere else. You'll continue around the mountain past a fenced off area and take a left at an intersection with Green Mountain Trail.

After a steep climb and some more traversing, Green Mountain Trail will pop you out just above the parking area where you started.

Flora & Fauna

Not many trees, but lots of other prairie vegetation. Large herds of deer and also rattlesnakes can be seen from time to time. Wildflowers can be great in spring through June. Conflower, lupine, and many others.

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Photos

Hiking around the aptly-named Green Mountain
Jun 21, 2015 near Morrison, CO
Snow and ice on trail
Nov 14, 2018 near West Pl…, CO
Looking back at the deer on the hill
Jan 30, 2018 near West Pl…, CO
Hard to beat a trail with a paraglider launch point.
Sep 9, 2018 near West Pl…, CO
Looking south at the hogback
Jan 30, 2018 near Morrison, CO
Loved all the wild flowers!
May 1, 2015 near Morrison, CO

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Jun 14, 2020
Mike Kruger
windy lots of mountain bikers lots of flowers.too too many miles for Lydia's legs 5.4mi — 4h 00m
Apr 26, 2020
Sean Hennessy
Did Green Mountain + Peak Loop. Great city and red rocks views. Only downside being lots of bikes, have to have head on a swivel on narrow sections 9999.9mi
Mar 29, 2020
Ross Therrien
Nov 12, 2019
Jim Haley
Jun 15, 2019
Clancey Potter
Wildflowers and dramatic views over the foothills! Wouldn't do this if it's any hotter than 70 out. I don't think the mileage for Rooney Valley is… 7mi — 2h 45m
May 18, 2019
Chad Wiegand
May 12, 2019
Dane F
Apr 6, 2019
Meaghan P
6.4mi — 1h 48m