Greenhorn Trail

MODERATE 21 reviews

Greenhorn Trail is a 11.8 mile out and back trail located near Rye, Colorado. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking.

DISTANCE
11.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
5052 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

hiking
13 days ago

hiking
24 days ago

Went in mid june and snow melt made the river crossings pretty sketchy. Got caught in a hail storm at 10k ft. But besides that and the blown over trees on the trail was amazing and im looking forward to another shot at the summit!

26 days ago

The trail wasn't bad however not well kept. Only made it about half way as the trail is totally covered by downed trees making it impossible to continue further.

geocaching
30 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

the view from the parking lot at the base of the Wilderness is absolutely fantastic! There are rarely more than two to four cars in the parking lot here and we have yet to encounter others once we left the parking lot. This Trail is 24 miles off of the pavement, so most people don't have the fortitude to make it up this far! This Trail is the trail to the right from the parking lot. It goes around the back of greenhorn Peak and does not offer as spectacular views as the trail that goes to the left from the parking lot. We only went a little bit past greenhorn mountain peak and stopped as the Trail began to descend into the forest. I would agree with what the other woman wrote, this Trail has not been maintained in a very long time and has a great deal of down timber across the trail.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

This trail is ok for the first couple of miles. Avalanche crossing is a bit sketchy.
trees down everywhere.
River crossing is scary.
the rest of the trail is in the creek which is deep & easy to lose trail. if you don't mind bush whacking you will be scratched up. lots of ticks. it's a long trail. no maintenance in years I would guess.

hiking
2 months ago

Didn't complete the trail, made it to the gnarly cascade and crossed, following cairins and finding the san isabel national forest sign and a trail that literally turned into a creek 20 yards later and was overgrown, turned back and camped by the cascades, still a great spot in the canyon.

Also, there are a handful of blowdowns, sketchy creek crossings, and as of the day we went, a moderate rock slide that obscures the trail about 3 miles up the canyon, creating moderate exposure...this trail needs work.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail. Due to run off, water crossing was challenging. Start early, this is a long trail of you plan to go the full distance.

2 months ago

This is a fun trail but heads up that the water is high and water crossings are a no go if you are carrying a little one. Normally it would be okay, but with all the rain and run off makes it unsafe if you have a kiddo on your back. You can still do over a mile but the trail will have to wait until later in the summer when crossings are easier. Completely fine for individuals without kids. Lots of downed trees right now.

2 months ago

3 months ago

Needs a lot of work.

hiking
10 months ago

This trail has it all. Most of the trail is shaded which was good on a warm fall day. A small water fall is approximately 4 miles up the trail. It is 6.63 miles to the summit. Awesome views throughout the hike. If you plan on reaching the summit get an early start. I highly recommend this trail.

hiking
Wednesday, August 03, 2016

hiking
Sunday, July 31, 2016

Loved this hike! Brought my brother from California and he had no problem with the altitude. Would love to do it again in the fall. We were the only folks on the trail!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

hiking
Wednesday, July 27, 2016

I hiked up from Lower Greenhorn trail marker 5 miles before lightening & thunder turned me back.
a great hike...easy to lose the trail at the river crossings but rock signs will show you if u look for them.
I will definitely be trying to summit again soon.
this was my 1st scouting expedition on July 24, 2016.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

hiking
Thursday, August 07, 2014

August 2 2013
Started at the trail Head near RYE CO. Trail solid until you hit a section the has been washed out from the flood of June 2013. The force that came down moved the river causing the trail to end in at least 3 spots. Got off trail more than once but keep to a 90 degree crossing the river and you'll find it again. Once too the rock slid on the north side of the canyon the trail is washed out again go straight across the river. It was high last week you need to pick a safe spot, look for rock piles to lead your way. Steady up hill to the avalanche areas which you traverse like 4 times until you hit timberline. Your close at this point. Trail is a solid 9 or 10 miles one way well worth it. A few good camp spots along the way or have someone pick you up on the east side trail head at the end of HWY 369.. GREAT HIKE

hiking
Thursday, February 07, 2013

Starting out of Rye at around 6 in the morning with a great deal of overcast. With a gradual gain in elevation for the first 2 miles trees crowd the trail before it drops down to the creek a few miles in. This is when you start to break from tree cover and start attacking the switch backs on the southeast side of the ridge. You then come to what is known as the rock slides, capturing great views of the rest of the trail. The rock slide is short but very sweet that is for sure. You then drop down to the creek again and begin the final accent towards the top. It is the hardest few miles of the trail as you will experience the most elevation change. Switch backs and trees is something that should be expected for these last few miles. After repeating the switch backs a few hours later you will come upon a avalanche shoot where trees have been downed everywhere. You can see the top and the rest is history as you are within thirty minutes from the top. Enjoy the hike and respect the beauty of this amazing trail and hike!