Summary: At the beginning of the Green Mountain Trail, you start with a brisk climb to a ridge, and then the descent starts along the eastern slopes of the Santa Catalinas. Signposts mark any intersection and cairns mark the path, to keep you from getting lost, but it is very clearly marked by little markers that are nailed to the trees every few hundred feet. Parts of the trail still showed fire damage from the 2003 Aspen Fire. The steepest part of the trail is about a third of the way from the trailhead. The trail offers views east to the San Pedro river, and views of the cities of Oracle and San Manuel to the north and northeast. After a mile and a half, the trail climbs up to Bear Saddle, that offers views of Thimble Peak. From the saddle, the trail carves its way west down a canyon all the way to General Hitchcock Campground. Turn around at the camp and follow your trail back the way you came to reach the Green Mountain Trailhead.
Trailhead: From Speedway and Campbell, take Speedway Boulevard east for 5.0 miles. Then turn left at Wilmot Road (going north), and go 0.5 miles. Wilmot Road turns into Tanque Verde Road. Continue on Tanque Verde Road for 3.7 miles. Turn left (north) at Catalina Highway. Follow Catalina Highway for just under 21 miles. Green Mountain Trailhead is about a quarter mile past Rose Canyon Lake, on the right side of the road. (Lat:32.39781 Lon:-110.69)
Trail Guides for Green Mountain Trail:
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes,
Ranger Contact: Coronado National Forest 520 388 8300
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Jeff Branscum, who has posted 27 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by John on 11/19/2009
This is one beautiful trail! We left one car at the lower trail head and drove to the upper, hiked down (mostly) and then retrieved the upper car. Really nice, relatively short 4 mile hike. Great views!
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