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Green Mountain Trail

Average Rating:    (4.27 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 11

This is Tucson's premiere technical ride. It is without a doubt the most diffucult trail in the area. Begin on the Brush Creek Trail and start descending. Stay on the Brush Creek Trail at the first junction with the Green Mountain Trail and continue down the switchbacks. Take the Brush Creek #21 shortcut up and connect with the Green Mountain Trail at the top. Descend on the green Mountain Trail to the General Hitchcock campground and your vehicle. All of the trail junctions are well-marked with metal signs which have the trail names and distances written on them.
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Latitude
32.46458464297592
Longitude
-110.92620849609375
Trail Directions
Drive up Catalina Highway to the General Hitchcock campground. Park and ride up about 5.5 miles to San Pedro Vista Point. Look for the Brush Creek Trail sign to your right.
Trail Length
5.8 miles
Trail Level
Extreme
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Tucson
   


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Review Date
July 26, 2007

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: alphakappa3 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Lots and lots of downed trees and washed out switch-backs. Not much continuous riding to be done on this trail, Sorry.

Recommended Route:
Park at General Hitchcock, ride up Catalin Hwy until you get to the trailhead. It loops back to the campground.



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Review Date
November 17, 2005

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Jeffreal ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This trail is a gem for all mountain riders. I wouldn't recommend it on a hardtail unltess you take some Advil propylactically. The trail is in good shape as of Nov 2005 - thank you forest service and trail volunteers. The lower part (after Mt Guthrie trail spur) going into Hitchcock is definitely the best and most rideable. Soon they will have the Bug Spring route reworked to get us all the way to Prison Camp on single track.. I love life.

Recommended Route:
Dave is the man.. read his review and description.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Butterfly and Crystal Spring - but they are WAY OVERGROWN>

Molino to Milagrosa is like sex and butter.



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Review Date
May 3, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: bob smith ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
this trail rocks dont let the begining fool you this trail keeps u in check at all times .i rode this trail on a hard tail it is rideable as long as you stay motivated if u stay on your bike the whole ride you are god! as noted before there is some hike a bike ..... killer swichbacks and awsome jumps off of steps on the last part of the trail ..last part is best. i wrecked no less than 5 times .

Recommended Route:
same as noted before you need a shuttle vehicle for sure

Other recommended trails in the same area:
brown canyon seria vista molino vista



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Review Date
August 31, 2003

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Dave Burnham ,  Weekend Warrior , from Tucson, AZ USA

Summary:
AFTER THE FIRE- The Green Mountain Trail was once a favorite of ours, offering enough greenness and mountainousness to make for a good high altitude basher. After Crystal Springs was blocked by dozens of fallen trees which the Forest Service showed no inclination to remove, we made Green Mountain our main summer trail along with Aspen Draw. The Bullock Fire of '02 torched much of Green Mountain and the associated erosion made things much worse. In '03 after much pestering from local bikers, the Forest Service began a rehabilitation project involving local rangers, the C.C.C and the S.D.M.B's mountain biker volunteers. Snags were removed, brush was cleared and water crossings were built up to make a ridable path. The Aspen Fire of '03 shut down all improvements to Green Mountain. When the fire danger had passed and the highway was reopened to the public, it was my first chance to ride the trail in over a year. Prior to the '02 fires, the Forest Service had constructed a new parking area and rerouted the trailhead, eliminating a mostly unridable set of switchbacks.

That being said, Green Mountain is a B*TCH.

The rains have been very hard on the trail surface, threatening to wash away some of the improvements and filling the easy ridable sections with rocks and branches. The trail, even in it's best condition, was a narrow catwalk carved out of a steep, steep slope that is always threatening to wash away. With the lack of boots and tires to trample things down, the trail is poorly defined and in great need of more maintenance.

The trail hazards include rock gardens of sharp granite spikes, which were always there, but are now more difficult. There are many narrow catwalk sections where the edges have sloughed off, water crossings that are mostly boulder piles and require portages, downed trees and bushes crowding the trail. Green Mountain in it's current state is easily as tough as Milagrosa Ridge.

The good news- The first half from the northern end is the worst, by far. The water runoffs seem to have hit the softer soils the hardest. The lack of use has made the trail less defined, but as most of the high altitude trails are closed, there should be plenty of boots and tires to help 'burn it in.' A dozen YZ-250's would do the job, but we all know that's extremely illegal and bad eco-karma.

After the big hike-a-bike to the saddle, the scary rock descent is just as scary as we remembered it, even more so. With many of the trees burnt, it's hard to find familiar landmarks. The harder exposed rocks of the big downhill aren't so affected by the erosion. If you're brave enough you can dance your bike down those sketchy, sketchy, drop-offs just like you used to. The trail becomes like a familiar, though dangerous, old friend. The wooden switchbacks are just as fabulous as they ever were, though they are now undercut, making them a bit steeper. I double dog dare everyone to do them all without dabbing. Be careful. We had a great time on the descent, though I would only recommend it to motivated, experienced riders with dualies or hucking bikes. I didn't wear armor, but I wouldn't criticize anyone who did.

Everywhere the trail crosses the creek, it becomes unfamiliar and hard to follow as the creek channel is wider and looks completely different. Hopefully you can follow hiker's footprints if you become confused.

A nice, overlooked bonus is the Guthrie Mountain spur trail which is .4 miles south of the well marked Maverick Springs Trail turnoff. It's 1.2 miles on a semi-flat ridge out to a summit. It's marked with a metal sign nailed to a tree, that has lost all of it's adhesive letters. The trail was tough to follow at first, because of a tangle of manzanitas and a few downed logs but became much easier the further we went. It's a pleasant ridge trail with pine trees and wild flowers that doesn't seem to get used much but is actually easier than the main trail. Fire hasn't damaged Guthrie Mountain and still it's lovely and green. We will add this short detour to Green Mountain in the future. You can find it on the standard Trails and Recreation topo map. We didn't explore the last 'red dotted line' half mile on this trip as we were pretty beaten up and knew there was a ways to go. If you go to Guthrie Mountain take some clippers and prune back some of the worst bushes. You will know which ones I am referring to.

The General Hitchcock Campground at the end of Green Mountain Trail is a total wreck, though I am sure it will be reconstructed soon enough. Everything looked different, and only the cement tables and rock walls have resisted the flooding. Trucks and heavy machinery are being stored there. The campground is closed and unavailable for parking, as is all of Bear Canyon. We found a pullout near a fenced off picnic area to park our van lower down on the highway. We rode the highway up from Bear Canyon to the lower San Pedro vista trailhead. It is easy to find with sign identifying it.

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Recommended Route:
Ride the paved highway up from Bear Canyon to the new trailhead, just south of San Pedro Vista. Enjoy the roadie's reactions to seeing armored dualie riders on the highway.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Milagrosa Ridge, Kentucky Camp, Fifty Year, all of 'em.



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Review Date
May 2, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Tony , from Cuba

Summary:
By far my favorite trail in the upper part of Mt.Lemmon. Not too much climbing once you get on the trail. Most of the climb will be on that road ride (YUCK) to get to the vista. Small hike-a-bike sections at about the one third to halfway point, nothing major. Excellent technical trail, very steep switchbacks, all rideable if you have the skills and confidence. Ride it a couple of times before you judge, it could be intimidating to some people at first. Once you get the right lines, it's a blast!

Recommended Route:
Park at General Hitch, ride the road up to SanPedro Vista, hike up to trail head and drop in!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Down Butterfly to Crystal Springs.



Comments
abegold (01/22/2012)
Map locator is no where near this trail, which is on the mountain climbing from the east side of town. Showing it on the northwest side of town.
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