Green Mountain – Lakewood
How to Run Green Mountain – Lakewood
Fire Road: Accessed from the Rooney Road Trailhead, this .9 mile road gains steeply and is buffered out, making for a quick way to get lots of gain in your day by doing repeats.
Rooney Valley Trail: A very swtichbacky trail that bisects the park in a East/West fashion.
Box O Rox Trail: A flowy, rocky, but plenty runnable descent (or ascent) from the top. The lower half of the trail is newly constructed (2017) and utilizes a variety of natural features to maintain the flow. A fave to bomb down.
The Summit Loop is exactly that – approximately a 1.5mi loop around the summit of Green Mountain. Good flowy singular single track.
Climbing your first mountain or 14er is an exciting and rewarding experience! You’ll get the achievement of seeing the world from above and the feel-goods of the endorphins from the exercise. However, the mountains aren’t a walk in the park, and getting down is mandatory. Some situations require extra caution and a little know how. With a bit of preparation, you’ll be able to get to the summit and back safely.
Whether you are training for a race or simply indulging in all the wilderness has to offer, there are a variety of factors, some constant, and some changing, that are likely to have an impact on your journey. Knowing these factors can help ensure your safety and get you back to the trailhead safely.