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Green Mountain Novice Loop

Intermediate

Trail

6.7 mile 10.8 kilometer loop
80% Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 806' 246 m
Descent: -815' -248 m
High: 6,829' 2,081 m
Low: 6,102' 1,860 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 16% (9°)

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

Michael Lloyd

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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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May 27, 2020
Carlie Dickson
Ride with Darren and Wyatt at Green Mountain. 7.5mi — 2h 15m
May 23, 2020
Noname Kadusale
6h 39m
May 17, 2020
Greg Zerwas
May 12, 2020
Kyle Arfsten
May 9, 2020
Allison Wood
8.5mi
May 9, 2020
Eduardo Brown
May 9, 2020
Ben Mertz
Apr 11, 2020
Caitlin G
linked up with rooney valley trail for the way down 4mi

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Photos

View due south from the top of Rooney Valley Trail, right before the descent.
May 31, 2019 near West Pl…, CO
Coming out of Rooney Valley Trail
Jan 17, 2020 near West Pl…, CO
Rather be riding than driving.
Jan 11, 2019 near West Pl…, CO
One of the nice lookouts / resting spots along the mellow Green Mountain Loop.
Nov 14, 2013 near Morrison, CO
Top of Green Mountain, looking North - South Table Mtn, North Table Mtn, Golden and Longs Peak in the distance.
Dec 4, 2017 near West Pl…, CO
A view of the metro area and the trailhead with the trail just climbed disappearing at the bottom of the photo
Jul 27, 2013 near West Pl…, CO

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