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Green Mountain Summit, AZ

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Difficulty 3 of 5
Route Finding 3 of 5
Distance Round Trip 1 mile
Trailhead Elevation 7,862 feet
Elevation Gain 600 feet
Accumulated Gain 611 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 4.06
 Interest Off-Trail Hiking & Peak
unreported if dogs are allowed
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Green Mountain Trail #21
4  2016-11-17 air
8  2016-03-11 rvcarter
10  2016-03-04 rvcarter
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author avatar Guides 8
Routes 20
Photos 512
Trips 194 map ( 1,060 miles )
Age 52 Male Gender
Location Mesa, AZ
Associated Areas
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Tucson Region
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Preferred Sep, Aug, May, Jun
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  5:17am - 7:25pm
Official Route
1 Alternative
Historic Fire Perimetersacres
🔥 2020 Bighorn Fire119.5k
🔥 2003 Aspen Fire87.7 mi*
🔥 2002 Bullock46.8 mi*
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*perimeter length in miles

overwhelmed by ladybugs
by charlieaz

 Likely In-Season!
My intent in completing this hike was to reach the summit and activate the peak for “Summits on the Air” (SOTA), which is an amateur radio/ham radio activity. Reading the suggestions of others who hiked the summit for the same reason, I learned that one person chose to virtually go straight up the mountain side from the road near the Green Mountain Trail #21 trailhead. A different group followed the Green Mountain Trail #21 back about a tenth of a mile to where a spur off the main trail exists. After the spur came to an end then they too went straight up the side of the mountain heading south.

An examination of the topography reveals there really isn't a better route than the two described above. After arriving on top and scouting the perimeter of the peak, I confirmed it too.

I chose to head straight up the side of the mountain on the ascent. While it was quite steep, I was surprised it wasn't more difficult navigating to the top. However, near the top there are rock outcroppings that could possibly pin somebody in if they aren’t paying attention. Furthermore, there were some places with loose material along the way and I was not comfortable descending the same way I came. I resolved to descend down the north side and hook up with the spur off the Green Mountain Trail before I even reached the top.

The view from the top is great. You can see Tucson off in the distance. I set up to work the radio and was overwhelmed by ladybugs. They were up my pant legs, in my sleeves and in all my equipment. I’m not sure if they will be there to greet you too. Maybe... there is a very faint trail from the high point of the mountain going down its north side. I followed that faint trail and to my surprise I spotted cairns here and there along the way. I lost the trail at some point, which is easy to do, but it didn’t really matter much. This route was also steep with loose material but I’m convinced it is still the safest and easiest route to take. Make sure you bring trekking poles!

I've posted my tracks and suggest the ascent and descent from the spur off of Green Mountain Trail #21 on the north side of the mountain.

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2015-07-18 charlieaz
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

     Permit $$
    Visit overview & permits.
    2022 - FAQ
    $8 per vehicle per day
    $10 per vehicle per week
    $40 per vehicle per year (valid for one year from date of purchase)

    There are four specific day use areas that require a Coronado Recreational Pass or a National Pass/America the Beautiful Pass.
    1) Sabino Canyon - located on the Santa Catalina Ranger District (520)749-8700
    2) Madera Canyon - located on the Nogales Ranger District (520)281-2296
    3) Cave Creek - located on the Douglas Ranger District (520)364-3468
    4) Mt. Lemmon at 11 day-use sites.

    2022 Catalina State Park
    Per vehicle (1-4 Adults): $7.00
    Individual/bicycle: $3.00

    2022 Sabino Canyon Tram is $15 extra. [ website ]

    Coronado Forest
    MVUMs are rarely necessary to review unless mentioned in the description or directions
    Coronado Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs)

    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    From Tucson take the Mount Lemmon Highway. Look for the Rose Canyon Campground turnoff on the left. Just past the turnoff you'll see the trailhead on the right.
    page created by charlieaz on Jul 18 2015 10:21 am
     90+° 8am - 6pm kills

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