|Bright Blue Colorado Sky; photo on etsy|
On Friday, I really needed to get outside and hike; I had been cooped up in the house all week working on a new line of hats and hiking belts for my website, but what I really needed was to get outside and try them out.
It was a balmy day in January, but very windy, so I decided that I'd stay close to home and head over to Green Mountain. North Green Mountain is visible from my front deck, and I can see numerous trails on the north side of the mountain, but I haven't driven through the neighborhoods to locate those trails on the mountainside before. I decided Friday was the day, and I drove south across 6th Ave, and up into the neighborhoods on the North side of Green Mountain in search of the access to the Open Space.
After driving around for just a short time, my trail finding skills proved successful, I found the neighborhood access which connects with all of the trails visible on the north side of the mountain; stepped out of the car into the wind and decided that I'd hike to the top today!
Getting there: Typically, I give good written directions here, but this trail is deep in the middle of a neighborhood, with curves, dead ends, and can be confusing easily. Here is a google map of the intersection where the access is located; click and input your personal address for directions. It will work much better this way. As always, I have added a map at the bottom of the post.
|Views looking north; table mountain, boulder flatirons.|
Specs: There are no restroom facilities at the neighborhood access, no trail maps either. Green Mountain elevation is 6,800 ft. Dogs can be off leash easily when the trail isn't crowded, such as during the week.
The Hike: It didn't take me too long to find the trail, and I started hiking with the two dogs at 11am. I decided I'd hike to the top of the mountain by the most direct route that I could see, a steep incline up the trail to the left from the main trail; then I'd hike down the other side of the valley on the right. I didn't know if this would really work out, but it looked like the trails could connect on the top, so I gave it a shot.
|Rock's ears blowing in the wind on the ridge, city views|
|Views looking to the West from near top Mt. Evans on left|
Start the hike at this intersection.
Sunshine sunny day!
City of Denver views
Hiking up the steepest section of the trail
Looking South down the Front Range from the top