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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
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Green Mountain Trail #21
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Preferred   Sep, Aug, May, Jun
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  6:50am - 5:23pm
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Green Mountain Trail #21
Green Mountain Trail #21
0.3 mi away
4.5 mi
636 ft
Guthrie Mountain
Guthrie Mountain
0.3 mi away
5.8 mi
2,269 ft
Rose Canyon Lake Campground
0.4 mi away
Incinerator Ridge Trail #18A
Incinerator Ridge Trail #18A
0.5 mi away
1.6 mi
800 ft
Shortcut Trail #21A
0.6 mi away
0.8 mi
860 ft
Maverick Spring Trail #704
Maverick Spring Trail #704
0.8 mi away
0.4 mi
-243 ft
Lizard Rock
Lizard Rock
0.9 mi away
0.6 mi
339 ft
Knagge Trail #18
Knagge Trail #18
1.5 mi away
3.5 mi
182 ft
Kellogg Mountain Trail #45
Kellogg Mountain Trail #45
1.6 mi away
0.7 mi
500 ft
Incinerator Ridge to Leopold Point
Incinerator Ridge to Leopold Point
1.6 mi away
1.3 mi
300 ft
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Flora Nearby
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overwhelmed by ladybugs
by charlieaz

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.

charlieaz
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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.

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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.

Catalina State Park $6 per day. Sabino Canyon Tram is $10 extra.

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


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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
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