Green Mountain Novice Loop

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Trail

5.9 Miles 9.6 Kilometers


80%

Singletrack

983' 300 m

Ascent

-995' -303 m

Descent

6,855' 2,089 m

High

6,087' 1,855 m

Low

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

22%

Max Grade (12°)

All Clear

2 days agoUpdate

A relatively quick loop of great singletrack with amazing views of the metro area.

Michael Lloyd

Overview

This loop on Green Mountain is easily accessible from the metro area for those in need of a quick ride. It can easily be accomplished in an hour with stops to take in the great views, including the 360 degrees offered from the summit of Green Mountain.

It's just one of the possibilities in the area - there are many loops you can make in the area. None of the trails are particularly long or difficult, with the exception of Box o' Rox so it's hard to go wrong if you want to just go out and explore.

The trail follows mostly singletrack with a short section along a service road up to the summit. The singletrack is well traveled with enough rocks to make it interesting, but not too many.

Description

Start out from the Florida Lot - one of the two larger lots for this trail system. As you depart the trailhead, take the first right, which will put you on Green Mountain Trail going up Green Mountain. It can be a rough beginning to the ride with sudden steepness, but it becomes more gradual once you're around the first two switchbacks.

You'll come across a trail that breaks off to the left. Do not take that trail. Stay on the main one the heads towards the radio tower. About a mile into the ride you should approach the radio tower. Stay on Green Mountain Loop by taking a left onto the service road that continues up the mountain. This part is a good place to recover from the last climbs as the road gradually climbs the ridge. About half a mile up the service road it begins a much steeper climb, approaching the summit.

At the top of the service road take a left onto the short, rocky Rooney Valley Trail that leads to a cairn at the top of Green Mountain. This place provides a great break to take in the views of the metro area before the fun descent ahead.

Take the trail off the top of the mountain heading southwest. You'll quickly approach a trail intersection. Continue straight on Rooney Valley Connector. The descent is fun. Be careful with your speed on a couple of the left handed turns on the way down that are sloped outward so you don't run off the trail.

After a little over a mile of descent, you'll approach an intersection in the trail. Take the left that will put you on Green Mountain Loop heading back towards the trailhead. From here on out, it is a rolling trail with ups and downs that provides a good end to the ride. A couple of the climbs can be a little unexpected so be ready. You'll also pass a couple more trail intersections. Continue straight each time and before you know it you'll be back at the trailhead.

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All Clear 2 days ago

Riding the ridgeline loop is a tad chunky, but fun with 360 views. The main trunk trail is an easy gravel grind. Quick access from town, BUT coming from neighborhoods touching the park is a bad idea as the secondary trails leading to the ridgeline are straight UP with little regard to erosion or routing. Parks needs to take a hard look at those secondary access points as even trail runners have a hard go. This trail system could learn something from Centennial or Buffalo. Being so close to town it is well worth a visit if pressed for time. Jul 29, 2014


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