Staunton SP

Staunton SP

Friday, January 4, 2013

Hayden > Green Mountain Loop, Hayden Park at Green Mountain

Hayden > Green Mountain Loop
Hayden Park at Green Mountain

Date Hiked: Jan 4, 2013

Distance: 5.13 mi
Elevation Gain: 732ft
Elevation Min/Max: 6,023 to 6,762ft
Managing Agency: Lakewood Parks
Fee: None

Trail Map
Hayden > Green Mountain Loop Trail Map (Google Maps)

Directions: From Denver take I-70 to C470 east. Exit Alameda Parkway turn left and head east.   Start from either the Florida or Utah Trailheads along Alameda Parkway, however since these  parking areas fill up quickly on the weekends, you can start from the trailhead at the intersection of Alameda Parkway and Bear Creek Blvd.  There is only a small parking area for this trailhead and it does not have an official name, but it is the trail access just after the Forsberg Park Trailhead.
From this trailhead start heading north on the access trail and make a right onto the Green Mountain Trail at the 4 way intersection.  Follow the Green Mountain Trail to the Hayden Trail uphill from the Utah Parking lot and turn left heading up to the top of Green Mountain.  

The trail is very popular, but it also highly scenic.  Follow the trail up the south side of the mountain, cross behind a tree-lined gully and eventually you will pop up on the top of Green Mountain where the Hayden Trail meets the Green Mountain Trail.  Make a sharp right and head towards the Radio Tower.  At the Radio Tower, continue on the Green Mountain Trail by bearing right when it meets the Summit Loop.  Follow the Green Mountain Trail down a gully to the Florida Parking lot.  Cross the lot and pick p the trail again on the west side of the lot.  The trail will continue to the junction with the Hayden trail and continue straight back to the access trail and the unnamed trailhead.
This is the most popular part of the park but it is also the quickest way up to the top of Green Mountain.

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