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Green Mountain Short Tour

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Trail

3.9 mile 6.3 kilometer loop
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 814' 248 m
Descent: -814' -248 m
High: 6,851' 2,088 m
Low: 6,055' 1,845 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 22% (12°)

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Trail shared by Max Krueger

Explore a mix of singletrack and doubletrack on this short, fun hike.

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This area is open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Overview

This route takes you to the top of Green Mountain Trail and provides great views of Denver. About 1.5 miles of the hike takes place on a steep dirt road and the rest of the hike takes place on singletrack with some rocks and roots. Overall this loop pretty fun. It isn't super crowded on weekends, even given its proximity to Denver.

Description

Starting from the Rooney Parking Lot, take the Rooney Lot - Green Mountain Connector over the highway to reach a large intersection. Head left on the Green Mountain Trail and climb steadily as you pass the intersection with Box 'o Rox. Continue climbing on the dirt road until the junction with the Summit Loop Trail; here you'll want to take a right to remain on the Green Mountain Trail. Shortly thereafter, make another right onto the Rooney Valley Trail to begin a steady descent down Green Mountain via a rocky and rooty singletrack trail. Hook a right on Rooney Valley Connector and head straight through the next intersection to reach the overpass and the way back to the car.

Flora & Fauna

This area has been known to have rattlesnakes, so stay alert while hiking on trail.

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Sep 20, 2019
Ian H
very peaceful hike, the first uphill leg is boring but the summit is lovely and has a good view of Denver. after that it's mostly gentle switchback…
May 19, 2019
Nicole Stanek
Short loop and then some more 6mi
Apr 28, 2019
Jean-Marc Thayer
It was a beautiful day going up, on the way down we ran into some very extreme wind and gusts that pelted us with the loose dirt. All in all it was… 3.9mi
Feb 4, 2019
Jacob P
Jan 7, 2019
Derek Kronberg
Sep 20, 2018
Val Schwebach
Quick fun hike. Saw a little elk herd on the way up 4mi
Jul 18, 2018
Leah Rawdon
Jun 25, 2018
Ava Cecil
Awesome trail run!

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Photos

Snow and ice on trail
Nov 14, 2018 near West Pl…, CO
Near the summit looking north
Apr 15, 2019 near West Pl…, CO
Hard to beat a trail with a paraglider launch point.
Sep 9, 2018 near West Pl…, CO
Nice rocks near the beginning of the trail.
May 3, 2015 near Morrison, CO
In the center left of the picture you can see the bridge that is right by the Rooney parking lot. Above that is Mt. Morrison which is just above Red Rocks Amphitheater.
May 3, 2015 near West Pl…, CO
The rocky start to the descent off the summit. If you look closely, you can see the trail meandering further down the mountain.
May 4, 2015 near West Pl…, CO

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