Green Mountain Hike – 07/09/2018

Staying at a BnB near Grand Lakes, this trail was recommended as one where we might see wildlife, deer, elk, maybe moose.  This after, one morning watching a cow moose pass by between our BnB cabin and the lake during breakfast, the next morning a bull moose passing by the same, and while canoeing on the lake seeing a cow moose belly deep in the water having breakfast.  So, with hopes our luck would change for seeing wildlife, we headed up the Green Mountain trail. 

The Hike

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Like other hikes on this trip, the trail is well-used, easy to hike on.  It follows a stream, passing through ponderosa pine, fir, aspen, and other trees large and small.  Along the way we passed by two or three meadows; at the far edge of one of those our attention was drawn by other hikers to a cow moose and her calf – finally, wildlife in the wild.  About 2 miles into the hike we entered into a large open meadow with the Tonahutu river flowing through it.  This made an ideal spot for our mid-hike break.  It was then back the same route to finish this really nice hike (another one at 9,000 feet elevation; by now were enjoying greater endurance at these altitudes).

Statistics

Total Distance:  3.89 miles
Elevation: start  8,780 ft, maximum  9,470 ft,  minimum  8,780 ft
Gross gain:  690 ft.  Aggregate ascending  706 ft, descending  1,080 ft
Maximum slope: 29% ascending, 37% descending, 7% average
Duration: 4:06 (3:46 plus 20 minutes of no GPS data)

GPS Track Files for Download
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I urge you to explore our hiking tracks with Google Earth. With the virtual 3-dimensional presentation, achieved by panning and tilting the view, you can get a much better idea of the hikes and terrain than you can get from the 2-dimensional screenshot above. For assistance: Using Google Earth Track Files.

References

AllTrails: Green Mountain Trail
Rocky Mountain hiking Trails: Big Meadows
National Park Service, Rocky Mountain National Park: List of Hiking Trails

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2 Responses to Green Mountain Hike – 07/09/2018

  1. Billy Boggs says:

    I’ve been enjoying reading your blogs. I am past there where I can still backpack and hike the high country but yours bring back memories. Did you ever hike up Holy Ghost Mountain rising up from Holy Ghost Canyon?

    • gyoung@pngyoung.com says:

      Hi, Billy. Are you referring to Holy Ghost Canyon, in the Pecos? No, we haven’t exploited the trails in the Pecos area; tis on our list; maybe next year. (Thanks for you comment, and your interest r in our blog.)

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