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Hike Green Mountain, Boulder 

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BOB FALCONE If you're looking for someplace new to hike, or looking for a strenuous alternative to the Manitou Incline while it's closed for improvements, Green Mountain in Boulder is worth checking out. A somewhat strenuous hike, its reward is a lovely wooded area and very nice views at the summit. Take note, however, that this is a very popular place and parking nearby can be difficult to find. Even on the weekday that I did this loop, parking was at a premium. There is a $5 parking fee for any vehicles not registered in Boulder County. Dog control and leash regulations apply to various parts of this loop and are strictly enforced by Boulder County rangers and sheriff's office. Only half of this loop can be done with a dog — leashed or otherwise — so if you're bringing your dog, you will have to turn back at the summit. (All distances given are approximated.)
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The loop can be done either clockwise or counter clock-wise with equal amounts of difficulty. This photo tour will be counter clockwise, starting with the Gregory Canyon trail, just to the left of the parking fee station. If you want to take your dog with you to the summit, you will have to do this loop counter-clockwise.
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Dog control and leash regulations apply to various parts of this loop and are strictly enforced by Boulder County rangers and sheriff's office.
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A short distance from the trailhead, bear right, staying on the Gregory Canyon Trail.
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After crossing a dry (In the fall) creek bed, dogs are allowed off leash, but only if properly certified and tagged (voiceandsight.org).
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After approximately 1.2 miles of uphill hiking, the Gregory Trail flattens out and continues through a nicely wooded section.
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After approximately 1.4 miles, the Gregory Trail ends at the Ranger Trail. Turn left onto the Ranger Trail.
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At approximately 1.65 miles, the Ranger Trail meets the Long Canyon Trail and the Green Mountain Lodge. Continue straight on the Ranger Trail.
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The historic Green Mountain Lodge.
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After passing the lodge, the Ranger Trail starts a steep up-hill section. The remainder of the hike to the summit is somewhat steep.
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At a little over 2 miles, the Ranger Trail meets the E.M. Greenman Trail.
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Bear right, remaining on the Ranger Trail. The next mile is very steep.
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At just over 3 miles, the Ranger Trail ends at the Green Mountain West Ridge Trail. Turn left.
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The West Ridge trail climbs steeply for about 1/3 mile to the summit.
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Once at the very small summit, scramble up the large boulder to this nice guide to the mountains to the west.
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Although there are great views along the entire hike, this panoramic view from the summit is the real pay-off.
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To continue the loop, start down the E.M. Greenman trail. If you've brought your dog you will need to turn around at the summit and return to the Gregory Canyon trailhead. The remainder of the loop, although downhill, is often rocky and steep, so it remains a strenuous hike.
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At 4.5 miles the Greenman Trail meets the Saddle Rock Trail. Bear slightly right and take the Saddle Rock Trail.
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At approximately 4.9 miles you will need to descend this ladder to continue on the Saddle Rock Trail. It is well anchored, and should not be a problem for most people.
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At approximately 5.3 miles, the Saddle Rock Trail meets the Amphitheater Trail. You can take either trail back to the trailhead, although the Saddle Rock route is slightly longer. For this hike, I went straight ahead on the Amphitheater Trail.
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The Amphitheater Trail is steep, with lots of wood and rock steps. A short side loop will take you into the actual amphitheater. The trail ends where it began, at approximately 5.6 miles.
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Topo map of the loop.
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Bob Falcone
The loop can be done either clockwise or counter clock-wise with equal amounts of difficulty. This photo tour will be counter clockwise, starting with the Gregory Canyon trail, just to the left of the parking fee station. If you want to take your dog with you to the summit, you will have to do this loop counter-clockwise.

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