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Green Mountain Open Space

Enjoying the mountain in front of the Rockies
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Difficulty: Easy
Length: 4.3 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
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Overview:  On the west side of Denver lies a hidden gem of a hike (or ride, if you like using a bike). Locally known as the Green Mountain Open... more »

Tips:  Be sure to bring water for yourself and your dog — dogs must be on a leash. If it’s cool, bring a jacket, because the winds at the... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Trailhead

The trailhead is large, and because this is a popular destination in Denver, busy. At the south end of the parking lot is a large information board. Begin here with the Green Mtn trail as it heads south out of the trailhead; turn right on John Hayden trail; turn right on cutoff to Green Mtn trail; turn left on Green Mtn trail; continue to the... More

2. Trail Split 1

This is the first turn. Go right onto the John Hayden trail. It stays level for a while before you begin to climb. After a while you won’t know you’re anywhere near the city. Enjoy the solitude.

3. Trail Split 2

This trail junction may be a bit confusing. The John Hayden trail take a sharp right turn. You need to continue straight ahead onto the Green Mountain trail cutoff. You’ll be traveling, essentially, north so you can join the main Green Mountain trail to the summit.

4. Trail Split 3

Turn left here. You can see the top of the radio antenna just past the first rise. Aim for it and climb.

5. Radio Tower

This is the only manmade feature on mountain, other than the pile of rocks at the summit. Not much to look at, but it’s a good reference point. Should you wander off the path, find the tower and head for it. From here follow the “road” down; you’ll be able to find your way back. Otherwise, this is just an interesting feature, behind which you’ll... More

6. Summit

From the top you can look west at the ridge running from the Dinosaur Park in the south to Hogback Park in the north. Above and beyond them, I-70 disappears into the front range of the Rocky Mountains. To the east Denver’s panorama fills the view (unless the smog conspires against you as it did for my picture). Of course, be sure to have your... More

7. Trail Split 4

On your descent to the trailhead, continue past trail split 3 and on down Green Mtn trail instead of returning the way you ascended. Bear right at this trail junction. The distance is about the same, but the view and terrain are different. You’ll exit the trail at the north end of the Florida trailhead parking lot.