Hike: Green Mountain (5.26 mi)

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I was all excited to show Natalee what Green Mountain was all about — until we got dumped on last night. But hey, you come all this way — let’s make the most of it. We picked up JV on the way into Boulder. Never could see Green Mountain the entire drive in. It was shrouded in some snowy fog. Lots of fresh powder to be found.

Green Mountain

Jeff made the call to head up Amp since it might be better tracked. Not sure that it was — heck, nothing was. Only a few footprints ahead of us. We took it real slow as the footing was not so great.

Green Mountain

A few quick breaks for the low-lander along the way but she kept grinding her way up. Gave Jeff and I a chance to talk where I normally have to tell him “if we talk, I walk”. Not today. Too much powder for any honest running.

Green Mountain

We hit the summit at 1:21 and had it all to ourselves.

Green Mountain

Thanks to the faithful trail breaker! He mentioned that Sierra loves this fresh snow — but I think he is just like his dog!

Green Mountain

We picked up the pace just a touch on the decent. Trying to get Natalee to enjoy a bit of the downhill she had worked for. However, there wasn’t much visibility into the snow so she had no idea what she was running on. After slipping to the top, running down the slidey stuff didn’t seem to resonate. But she did pick it up a few times like coming down to the lodge.

Green Mountain

Wasn’t the day I was hoping for but you take what you get and make the most of it. By the time we reached the car, we were all cold. My socks were soaked and I had dingleberries (or dongles) hanging from my tights, ankles, and socks. That was enough for today. 2nd lap aborted. We retreated to Larkburger for some fuel and warmth.

Hopefully, this new snow gets setup nicely over the next week and we get back to the trail conditions that were so enjoyable early January!

We went 5.26 miles with an elevation gain of 2,403 feet in 02:20:10, which is an average pace of 26:39. View my GPS data on Garmin Connect.