Staunton SP

Staunton SP

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Green Mountain > Rooney Valley Loop, Hayden Park at Green Mountain

Green Mountain > Rooney Valley Loop

Hayden Park at Green Mountain

Date Hiked: April 4, 2013

Distance: 3.1 mi (RT)
Elevation Gain: 400ft
Elevation Min/Max: 6,079 to 6,393ft
Managing Agency: Lakewood Parks
Fee: None

Official Trail Map
Green Mountain > Rooney Valley Loop Trail Map (Google Maps)

Directions:  The trailhead is located on Alameda Parkway across the road from Forsberg Park.  From Denver, take I-70 west to C470 west.  Exit at Alameda Parkway and Forseberg Park will be off to your right.  There is a parking area but be careful crossing Alameda Parkway

This is a terrific, short loop, and even though it never gets to the top of Green Mountain, it still brings the views and surprising solitude of Green Mountain.  There is far less traffic on this trail but as always keep your eyes and ears open for Mountain Bikes.  From the trailhead, head west on the Green Mountain Trail.  The trail is pretty steady for the 1st mile or so as it rolls along to the west then turns up north.  When you reach the Rooney Valley Trail, turn right and start climbing up the west face of Green Mountain.  After about ¼ mile turn right, still on the Rooney Valley Trail, up a steep section.  The trail will level off again and head south paralleling the Green Mountain Trail Below.  The views from this part of the hike are particularly beautiful, looking south along the foothills.  When the trail turns to the west you’ll be able to look down on the trailhead.  Don’t be alarmed that the trail passes the trailhead and continues to the west, after a short jog, the trail will turn south and meet up with the Green Mountain Trail.  Turn right and head back west to the trailhead.

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