Green Mountain Trail

Lakewood, Colorado 80228

Elevation Gain214ft
Trailhead Elevation6,142ft
Elevation Min/Max6142/6194ft
Elevation Start/End6142/6142ft

Green Mountain Trail

Green Mountain Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Lakewood, Colorado. It is 6.4 miles long and begins at 6,142 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 214 feet. The Green Mountain Trailhead, Rooney Road Trailhead, Rooney Road Trailhead, and Green Mountain Trailhead parkings are near the trailhead. There are also restrooms. This trail connects with the following: North Access, Hayden Trail, Rooney Trail, Rooney Valley Connector Trail, Summit Loop Trail, Rooney Valley, Box O' Rox Trail and C-470 Trail.

Green Mountain Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Trees, what trees?! This nearly treeless, barren mountain can be enjoyed by both the novice riders who may elect to forego the steep climbs or the advanced rider who desires practice on the long, steep uphill single track / road. The trails on the mountain dry out fast and therefore can often be ridden year-round. Terrain: Smooth hardpack with occasional small round rocks, some short rocky sections."

"This loop can be run either clockwise or counterclockwise; the clockwise direction is described here. From the parking lot, begin by following the Green Mountain Trail west as it rolls along the southern edge of Green Mountain. After a short bit, the trail crosses the Hayden Trail (mile 0.4) as it continues to roll west through open grassland, providing exceptional views of the Dakota Hogback extending north-south along the foothills."

"Easy access makes this outing perfect for an after work or long lunch hour hike. This is the shorter of two Green Mountains in Jefferson County and the first named foothill as you leave Denver, going west. It provides the closest mountain view of Denver. Green Mountain is one of the excellent recreational areas of the City of Lakewood, a unique blend of the prairie and the Rocky Mountains in an urban setting. Its easy accessibility makes it a possible outing after work or over a long lunch hour.

This, one of several trailheads for Green Mountain, has the best parking area and the shortest distance to the top. While Green Mountain appears as a fairly non-descript, nearly treeless, rounded hill, it has some interesting geology. Green Mountain conglomerate—essentially a pile of gravel—makes up the mesa. This gravel was laid down as the adjacent Rockies rose and began to erode. Later, the valley to the west, which today contains C-470, eroded away to isolate the more resistant mesa from the foothills. This hike can be enjoyed nearly year-round, except right after a snow storm. The best time is perhaps late May, when a profusion of prairie wildflowers blooms on Green Mountains gentle slopes."

"The prairie meets the Rocky Mountains at this urban park oasis near Denver. Trail: All the way."

Green Mountain Trail Reviews

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Green Mountain is gives a good workout with some fun single track and a screaming decent from the top on a dirt road. Not very techincal so good for beginners.
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Green Mountain is an average to good trail that is fit for both running and mountain biking. It boasts a killer climb (if you do the trail system in reverse) to start and is varied throughout. Switchbacks, singletrack, loose rock and good scenery are what Green Mountain is all about. Don't forget that it has virtually year-round access and close proximity to I70 for those that live out of area. Overall it is really a solid workout and fun ride.
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Green Mountain is a good ride. You get a pretty good workout if you can find one of the harder uphill climbs. You get a great view of Denver too. It's not to technical, just have to watch the rocks. I just ride Green Mountain for some exercise, not a challenge.
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While Green Mountain certainly doesn''t host the best singletrack in the Denver area, the mountain is the best all-around off-road bike area in the Front Range. The relentless, small-chainring climb up the fire road will get you -- and keep you -- in shape; there are numerous high-speed, off-camber turns to challenge your technical skills; the wide-open (read: nearly tree-free) terrain is perfect for night rides, assuming, of course, you have a decent bike-light system; and Green Mountain is only about 10 miles from downtown Denver.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
Hiking, Mountain Biking
Additional Use
Local Contacts
USGS Morrison
Local Maps

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Sep 2018