Green Mountain West Trail

MODERATE 307 reviews
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Green Mountain West Trail is a 2.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Boulder, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking and trail running. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
2.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
623 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

trail running

forest

views

wild flowers

hiking
9 days ago

Great trail, beautiful views. The trailhead is just outside the flagstaff pay parking area. I went on a Friday, late morning in early February. I could see how parking might be an issue on a busier day. I didn’t give it 5 stars for two reasons; first a good portion of the trail was covered in ice. Not really the trail’s fault. If you visit in the winter ice could be mildly annoying to a bit dangerous. Be prepared! The second reason I only gave it 4 stars is the hike is fairly easy! If feels like a stroll through the woods with a few sets of “stairs” thrown in. The views are quite lovely - but I like a bit more challenge to “earn” those views! The trail is dog-friendly but dogs must stay on leash for most of the trail (even if certified with Boulder County to be off leash). The day I went the whole Front Range was blanketed in a cold fog. But this trail was above the fog line. The trail was sunny, warm and there were great opportunities to see the blanket of fog covering Denver and Boulder! Magical! Overall a very lovely “spa day” hike!

hiking
14 days ago

It’s a fairly easy trail for anyone in good shape. Some stairs, some flat, overall a well constructed trail. Nice mixture of pines, rock structures. Good views from peak. In winter you can see Eldora ski runs to the west. I personally enjoy this trail a lot.

hiking
1 month ago

Great views of Boulder/Denver. Some people, but not crowded for a Saturday afternoon. Some icy parts but overall an easy hike.

2 months ago

Very pretty in the snow. Relatively easy until the last .4 or so to the top.

hiking
2 months ago

The beginning of this hike is easy and meanders through the pines, but once the ascent up Green Mountain begins it quickly becomes fairly steep and rocky.

2 months ago

loved it!

hiking
2 months ago

Lovely glimpses of Boulder/Denver along the way. Some people, but not crowded for a Sunday afternoon. I saw a few white poodles who looked like they could out hike me.

hiking
2 months ago

Enjoyed this trail as part of the Green Mountain Loop. This was a busier section of the loop but the trail is wide and well maintained and the Green Mountain summit has amazing views of snow capped peaks to the west and all of Boulder and the Denver skyline to the east and southeast.

hiking
3 months ago

Not very crowded on a Wednesday morning. Only saw two other people on the trail. The first ~1 mile is relatively easy. The trail is rocky but not a scramble. The trail is by no mean flat, but it's relatively wide and not too difficult. The last .3 miles is steeper and mostly a rock scramble -- it's also an off-leash option area for dogs. My pooch had a blast climbing to the peak.

There's no real parking area, just spots to pull off on the side of the road.

3 months ago

This was a good hike however, it is “hard” in several sections of the trail and moderate the most of the way. Just be ready for lots of rocks and inclines. Lots a spots to take great pictures.

hiking
3 months ago

This trail was a good easy to moderate depending on how quick you want to do it. There are some stairs that could be difficult for smaller children. Highly recommend exploring the peak and taking in all the views north toward the mountains and as well as eastward back towards Boulder.

hiking
3 months ago

Pretty view on top.

hiking
3 months ago

I'd give it 3.5 if I could. Certainly not a bad hike, just short and mostly tree covered. Good for beginners.

hiking
3 months ago

This hike was awesome! Great views on both sides of the trail that winds through a tall pine forest. The summit was well worth the steeper, rocky inclines at the end. My 7 month old Bernese Mountain Dog handled it like a champ! We even got to witness a proposal at the top, and she said yes! Amazing day, would definitely recommend and will be back! Out and back took about 2 hours and it’s less than an hour’s drive away from Denver!

hiking
4 months ago

Loved this quick hike! Overall this trail is accurately marked as moderate simply because of the incline at the last part of the hike. Definitely not too strenuous - I carried my two year old niece in my arms up the incline and most of the way back (our hiking backpack decided to malfunction before the hike). Not a crowded trail whatsoever which made it even more enjoyable! The view was gorgeous at the top! Parking is on the side of the road - lots of room to pull off to the side.

hiking
4 months ago

Great little hike, well maintained and easy to follow. Not overly strenuous except for some decent inclines at the top. Pretty good view at the top and especially liked the mountain range monument.

4 months ago

Loved this hike! Not crowded and dog friendly. Easy to moderate as you approach the summit. The trail condition was good and the views were beautiful.

hiking
4 months ago

Lovely, fairly easy trail. I entered it from Green Mountain East Trail. From there it's downhill just about all the way. Most aspen leaves are on the ground rather than on the trees. Trail is dirt and wide enough for 2 people to walk side by side.

4 months ago

went on this because I felt like my 5 year old daughter wouldn't be overwhelmed by it and would enjoy hiking to the top of a mountain. she called it "easy peasy lemon sqeezy" and hiked the whole thing with just a bit of hand holding for the trickier spots. definitely a good trail for all skill levels to get great views and climb a mountain too.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike right outside Boulder. Took about 2 hours round trip. Multiple side trails along the way. Saw a flock of turkeys at the trailhead. Great views and a steep climb at the end. No snow on the trail at this elevation. Happy hiking!

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