Green Mountain West Ridge Professional Reviews and Guides
"This easy route up a Boulder landmark offers a fantastic panorama of over 100 miles of the Continental Divide. There are several “Green Mountains” in Colorado. This one, overlooking Boulder from the west, is a local landmark and a popular hike. The route described here is the easiest of several ways to the top and it is a good route to take up kids or visitors from out of town. Despite the modest effort, the fantastic panoramic view from the summit takes in over 100 miles of the Continental Divide, from Longs Peak in the north, through the Indian Peaks section, to Grays and Torreys Peaks to the south. The first part of the hike is an effortless stroll through open stands of ponderosa pine. But your breathing rate will go up as the trail steepens considerably over the final 0.25 mile of switchbacks. Unleashed dogs, under voice and sight control, are allowed on the West Ridge Trail. There is a day use fee for non-Boulder County residents for trailheads in Gregory Canyon and along the Flagstaff Road. The fee can be paid at six self-serve stations situated along the Flagstaff Road. However, you can avoid the fee by parking beyond the park boundary, 25 yards south of the trailhead sign on the right (west) side of the road."
--Dave Muller, The Colorado Year Round Outdoor Guide (Colorado Mountain Club Press).
"This short but steep trail is good training for those aspiring to climb higher mountains. For others, the view of Boulder and the eastern plains beyond is worth the e?ort. Plus there’s a great view of the Indian Peaks and Rocky Mountain National Park peaks to the west and north. The rumble and whistles of trains traveling above Eldorado Canyon to the south waft through the air. The trail traverses through the Western Mountain Parks Habitat Conservation Area, which requires on-trail travel unless you obtain an o?-trail permit. Staying on-trail helps protect and preserve sensitive or rare plants and animals."
--Sandy Heise and Maryann Gaug, Best Hikes Near Denver and Boulder (Falcon Guides).
This trail head is just outside the fee parking area so no need to worry about that. The trail starts off very easy and then has a couple little ups and downs before you get to a trail head at the end that begins your switch backs. The views are awesome all along the trail you can see out over the city and out east. When you get to the top if its a clear day you can see very far out west, great peak. I'd say it's easy but you will work up a sweat during the up hill parts.
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