The route described below avoids the extensive crowds at Chautauqua, and will have your heart pumping all of the way to the Green Mountain summit! By Bob Falcone Share on Facebook. Enter Green Mountain’s West Ridge Trail. There is a parking area a short distance back, at the Long Canyon Trailhead. The Boulder Star area on Flagstaff Mountain IS CLOSED to prevent gatherings amid the COVID-19 pandemic and because of ecological and safety concerns in the area. Since Green Mountain is farther out than the more trafficked Flatiron Mountain area hikes, it’s a better bet for avoiding teeming Boulder crowds. E.M. Greenman (1.4mi; 1,194 ft.) branches left off the Ranger Trail 0.3 mi. It’s also a fantastic spot for wildlife watching. The mountains of the Boulder Open Space loom over Boulder inviting people to come explore. The overlook opened in October 2014, and connected to the Lake Apopka Loop Trail in 2015.. Recreation. Green Mountain - Bear Peak Trail (Green and Bear It) - 12.75 Miles Boulder - Denver - Golden - Fort Collins - Lyons. There are a few different routes to the top of Green, spanning a variety of terrain from loose rubble to giant rock steps. Deer, wild turkey, raptors, bears, bobcats, and even mountain lions are regularly spotted here. September 2014. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and backpacking. The “go to” run for most Boulderites is a Green Mountain ascent. Chautauqua Chautauqua Meadow provides access to Mesa Trail, Royal Arch, the Flatirons, Gregory Canyon, and Green Mountain. Green Mountain - Bear Peak Trail (Green and Bear It) - 12.75 Miles Round-Trip Green Mountain (8,144') and Bear Peak (8,461') stand high over Boulder, two distinguished summits in close proximity with commanding views of the eastern plains and Rocky Mountains. The journey is approximately 9km or 5.6 miles in length. At 8,144 ft. Green Mountain is the most accessible of the “big three” Boulder summits (the others being 8,461 ft. Bear Peak and 8,549 ft. South Boulder Peak). Follow Tenderfoot Trail south east back to Realization Point. This trail can be quite rocky, and there is some scrambling involved. By itself, this isn't a great trail, but it's the easiest route to the summit of Green Mountain, which features amazing 360-degree views from Kansas the continental divide. The trail is rated as difficult and is primarily used for hiking and running. On the south-east sides of the park, this loop maintains fairly constant elevation as it winds around the base of Green mountain. Email. Intro. This is the southernmost of only two marked trailheads along the road across the mountain, the other being 1.5 miles further, for an alternative route to Deer Creek Lake. Here the trail overlooks Front Range, Sugarloaf Mtn., and the backside of Boulder Mountain Parks. Green Mountain, with its considerable elevation gain, is considered excellent training for hikers aspiring to step up to the 14ers (Colorado summits > 4267 m above sea-level). However, this description follows the loop in a counter-clockwise direction starting from the Green Mountain Trailhead. Green Mountain is in the foothills of the Front Range, Rocky Mountains, Colorado. Be sure to double check, if you want to do this 2-hour, 2.5-mile hike, that you are at the trailhead for Green Mountain … Chapman Drive is 2.6 miles long from the trailhead in Boulder Canyon to Realization Point. Many loop trails are possible. Learn more. Even in winter months, it presents no danger due to avalanches and requires very little extra gear. Please note, if you park on Flagstaff Road you must pay the $3 daily parking fee if your license plates are not registered in Boulder County. Green Mountain West Ridge is your quickest route to a major Boulder summit with spectacular views of the city, the plains, and the mountains. Green Mountain is one of the five tallest peaks along the Boulder Front Range, which can all be linked via the Skyline Traverse. The usual route up Green Mountain starts at the Gregory Canyon Trailhead but another great option is to start from Realization Point. From Revelstoke go west on the TCH, turn north on on Westside Road where Hwy 23 goes south (first lights) and drive for 5.5 km to Boulder Mountain FSR ( where the Snowmobile Club Welcome Center is). It's summit towers almost 3000 feet above the Pearl Street Mall in downtown Boulder, only 3 miles away. The land for the Green Mountain Scenic Overlook and Trailhead was leased to Lake County from the St. Johns River Water Management District. Trail Description Trail Photos Print this Trail Trip Reports. The Green Mountain-Onahu Creek Loop hike begins from the Green Mountain Trailhead, located 2.5 miles north of the Grand Lake Entrance. Everything is downhill from that point. To communicate or ask something with the place, the Phone number is (303) 441-3440. The standard trailhead for a hike up Green is located in town at the base of Gregory Canyon on the perimeter of Chautauqua Park. At 8,144 ft. Green Mountain is the most accessible of the “big three” Boulder summits (the others being 8,461 ft. Bear Peak and 8,549 ft. South Boulder Peak). Green Mountain in Boulder, Colorado is a vigorous hike that provides marvelous views of the Flatirons, Front Range, and Indian Peaks. History. The shortest route up and back is via Fern Canyon Trail. May 2015. Green Mountain Loop - 9.75 Miles Round-Trip Green Mountain (8,144') stands prominently over Boulder's iconic Flatirons and historic Chautauqua Park. Park here and ride up or leave a vehicle here and shuttle. On top, follow the jeep road past the radio towers, and back onto singletrack on the south east leg of the loop. If you want to work hard for your sunset, begin at the bottom of the peak. Boulder Star area on Flagstaff Mountain is closed. On the north west side of the mountain, a jeep road will take you to the top. There are two trailheads for this route. At the Green Mountain Scenic Overlook and Trailhead, the high point is at the entrance where you turn off from CR 455. Green Mountain - Bear Peak Trail (Green and Bear It), Trail Map, Gregory Canyon Trailhead, Boulder - Denver - Golden - Fort Collins - Lyons, Colorado. The Green Mountain trailhead is located in the southwest corner of the park, close to the Grand Lake entrance. The trail borders private property at first, which distracts from the wilderness, but the trail is pleasant and the views are interesting. The Mesa, Bear Canyon, Green-Bear, Ranger and Baseline trails form a challenging route up and around this large mountain complex.. You can get more information from their website. southeast of the Green Mountain Lodge. This unassuming trail clocks in at just 1.3 miles long with 600 feet of elevation gain, but it will get you from “whatever” to “wow” in about an hour (round trip). From Green Mountain, at just over 8,100 ft, you can enjoy sunrise and first light on the Continental Divide. Distance - 2.5 miles. Recent Trail Restoration and Rerouting . The standard trailhead for a hike up Green is located in town at the base of Gregory Canyon on the perimeter of Chautauqua Park. Just west of Boulder, 4.5 miles up Flagstaff Rd, this short hike is perfect for anyone looking for an easy route to awesome views of the Front Range. And we do mean downhill. Hike Green Mountain, Boulder . Green Mountain. The trail averages a seven * percent grade. Visitors entering the Boulder Star closure area on Flagstaff Mountain can face up to a $1,000 fine or 90 days in jail. Trail Summary: Green Mountain is the smallest of the three main peaks in Boulder, Colorado. The elevation gain is rapid. Green Mountain - Bear Peak Trail (Green and Bear It) - 12.75 Miles Boulder - Denver - Golden - Fort Collins - Lyons. Turn left on Boulder Mountain FSR and drive 1 km to the parking area on the left just over the bridge. Parking for the hike is at the Chriss Lake trailhead/picnic area, 9 miles north of Boulder along UT 12, directly opposite a track into some sagebrush meadows, a suitable location for primitive camping. Right before you leave the Boulder Mountain Parks the trail will be on the left. This hike is extremely popular with many options to gain the summit. The trailhead for Green Mountain West Ridge Trail is located about 5 miles up Flagstaff Road, west of Boulder. Gregory Canyon Rd to Green Mountain, Bear Peak, and South Boulder Peak is a 12.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Boulder, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. About 1.5 miles before Realization Point, visitors can access the Tenderfoot Trail. You'll also have the option of starting this hike from the Onahu Creek Trailhead. Green Mountain and Longs Peak to the North; The Continental Divide to the West ; Just below is the city of Boulder; Be aware, Bear Peak hike is strenuous and demands a high level of fitness. Boulder tends to get a few weeks each year where the city has enough powder to use snowshoes right in our own backyards. Boulder's extensive trail network connects the two, with numerous ways to reach both in a day. From any trailhead, begin a clockwise loop in the park. Flagstaff Mountain is Boulder’s 4 th highest peak at 7,283 feet and its summit offers incredible views of the Continental Divide, the Boulder range, and the plains. Take Foothills Trail back to the trailhead. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. This region seems to get the moist moisture of any area in the Park, with consequently more vegetation than the trails on the east side of the Continental Divide. You may also be able to pull of the road and park closer to this trailhead. A little to the east is the Enchanted Mesa Trailhead. The coordinates that you can use in navigation applications to get to find Green Mountain quickly are 39.9821192 ,-105.3015985 Get Directions Customer Ratings and Reviews. Green’s iconic summit features a distinctive marker, a giant boulder perfect for perching on, and views out west as far as the eye can see. South Boulder Peak, Bear Peak, and Green Mountain Trail is a 18.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Boulder, Colorado that offers scenic views. The popular Chautauqua trailhead provides access to several trails and pristine views of the Flatirons. Hike Green Mountain and enjoy one of Boulder’s finest trails. This hike is moderately difficult, family friendly and a great hike year round. Green Mountain (The Big Summit) This strenuous hike is well worth the reward at the top. Trail Map | Photo Gallery. It’s 180 feet above sea level at the park entrance. Time - 2 hrs. The trail begins on the lefthand (south) side of the road, just past a sign that reads “Now Leaving City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks.” There is street parking available but please be mindful of private property. Tweet Submit to Reddit . The trailhead provides access to the lush Green Mountain and Tonahutu Creek trails. That drops to 157 feet at the main parking area, 132 feet at the observation deck, and 82 feet at the bottom of the bluff. Green Mountain - Bear Peak Trail (Green and Bear It), Trail Map, Gregory Canyon Trailhead, Boulder - Denver - Golden - Fort Collins - Lyons, Colorado. The route shown on this page has the hiker starting at the Chautauqua Trailhead. Left: Trail Map Sign at the Upper Green Mountain Trailhead. Driving Directions. Green Mountain is the smallest of the three Boulder Peaks (S. Boulder Peak and Bear Peak being the others) but is still a moderately difficult hike up to a wonderful vantage point.The hike is truly beautiful, especially the day after a snow storm. Luckily, the lofty reaches of 8,144 ft. Green Mountain provide a playground that is suitable for snowy fun throughout the winter — though sometimes a combination of micro-spikes at the bottom of the trail and snowshoes at the top are best. Right: Small trail sign at the start of the trail. 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