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Ascent of Green Mountain on 2017-07-26

Climber: William Musser

Date:Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Green Mountain
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:6855 ft / 2089 m

Ascent Trip Report

Tried another trailhead approach this time. Parked along the public road on West Expedition Place. There is a maintenance road/trail up to water tank fenced in. From there a maintained county hiking trail (Green Mountain Trail) heads up slope. This is the backside of the mountain and the vegetation is a bit different on this side. More Yucca (although someone is killing them with prescribed fire); sunflowers, arnica, and I saw many deer. Three full rack bucks and a herd of doe (saw 10 in all). The doe were playing with each other doing fake charges and head bumps and playing tag. I have never seen that before. It was quite a sight. The North access trail comes up from the east side of the mountain. This route is more direct to the peak and the trail is less difficult for mountain bikes. This trailhead starts at elevation 6200. The main parking lot between Green Mountain and Dinosaur Ridge is at an elevation of 6050 (starts 150 feet lower). The main Trailhead off Alameda starts at 6,120.

On the way back, I saw another side trail up an observation point. This side trail has very nice views of Denver and the hillsides with many deer and cotton tails.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:685 ft / 208 m
    Total Elevation Loss:315 ft / 95 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.6 mi / 4.2 km
    Grade/Class:1
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:685 ft / 208 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 655 ft / 200 m; Extra: 30 ft / 9m
    Loss on way in:30 ft / 9 m
    Distance:1.3 mi / 2.1 km
    Route:North Access Trail
    Start Trailhead:West Expedition Place  6200 ft / 1889 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:285 ft / 86 m
    Distance:1.3 mi / 2.1 km
    Route:going to ridge
    End Trailhead:West Expedition Place  6570 ft / 2002 m



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