Damn, it’s good to be a peak bagging Boulderite. You don’t even need to leave town to get your summit fix. To the west, and still within city limits, Boulder is flanked by a mountain range consisting of five main peaks. From north to south and lowest to highest, they are Mount Sanitas, Flagstaff, Green Mountain, Bear Peak, and South Boulder Peak. Each one is worthwhile and unique in its scenery and its challenges, but Green Mountain remains a local favorite for good reason.
Clocking in at 8,144 feet, Green is considerably higher than Sanitas or Flagstaff but a little more accessible than Bear or South Boulder. Its summit offers some of the best views in town. Bonus: it features an array of trails leading to the top, so you can customize a hike or trail run that suits your needs.
New to hiking, new to altitude, or just short on time? Green Mountain’s West Ridge is the perfect summit approach for anyone who wants a gentler, shorter hike. Ready for a challenge? Head up Gregory Canyon for a variety of terrain and a steady climb. Experienced and looking for a real lung buster? Saddle Rock and EM Greenman provide the steepest, most unrelenting approach.
No matter your route, a hike to Green’s summit offers incredible scenery, wildlife watching opportunities, and the chance to test yourself without leaving town. Read on for everything you need to know about these 3 classic approaches to Green Mountain.