Tour de Greenhorn Mountain

Wet Mountains, Colorado

Greenhorn Mountain

This small group of photos commemorates a late summer journey onto Greenhorn Mountain. Greenhorn Mountain is at the southern end of the Wet Mountains. There is Forest Service road right to the bottom of the rock pile, then you walk. The parking area is right at the northwestern boundary of the Greenhorn Mountain Wilderness of the San Isabel National Forest.

The trail leading up onto the summit "plateau" of Greenhorn is short and almost sweet. Once up top there's not a lot of trail marking around but it doesn't make much difference: virtually the entire upper area of the peak is a grass-and-wildflower covered meadow. Near the southern peak is an area where you'll be better off walking along the edge of the ridge above the few trees to get to that highest point of Greenhorn Mountain.

Greenhorn (and most of the Wet Mountains) are made of that same pre-Cambrian granite that forms the Blanca Massif, Pikes Peak and most of the Front Range. That mass of rock is about 1.8 billion years old. Greenhorn is different from most of those other mountains, though, because of that area above treeline: it is composed of rock from the same igneous intrusion that formed the Spanish Peaks (to the southwest) and the Mt. Mestas-Silver Mountain-Sheep Mountains complex (to the west), about 25 million years ago.

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north of the North Peak
The view north from the North Peak
between the North and Middle Peaks
Between the North and Middle Peaks
Wolf, above the source of Greenhorn Creek
Wolf (the Dingo with us), above the source of Greenhorn Creek
looking down Greenhorn Valley
Looking down on the Valley of the Greenhorn
the knob below Middle Peak
The knob below Middle Peak
Graneros Valley
Above Graneros Valley
the source of Graneros Creek
The source of Graneros Creek
South Peak from Middle Peak
South Peak from Middle Peak
approaching South Greenhorn Peak
Approaching South Greenhorn Peak
Greenhorn Mountain
Looking back at Greenhorn Middle Peak and the Knob
South Greenhorn Mountain
The western side of South Greenhorn Peak
Mt. Blanca from the summit of South Greenhorn Mountain
Looking west from the summit of South Greenhorn Peak
Greenhorn Mountain area map
Greenhorn Mountain area map logo
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