Mar 22, 2013 9:10 AM
MT. LEMMON - Expert hikers, take note. The grueling Green Mountain Trail awaits you.
The trail has two starting points on Mt. Lemmon; the first being at San Pedro Vista and the other at General Hitchcock Campground.
If you start at the San Pedro Vista, you'll quickly find out this isn't a hike for beginners. Hiker Nolan Montufor said, "Every time I feel a lot of energy expensed, but I do enjoy the ruggedness".
Rugged this trail is, with several switchbacks that are narrow at times. Adding a degree of difficulty is remnants of Old Man Winter.
Only in Arizona can you be hiking in shorts and dashing through the snow, and that's exactly what you'll find in the shaded areas of this trail. You probably won't need the jacket, but you will need to watch your footing.
Hiker Lalita Malik said, "You don't need snow shoes on snow like this, but you do need some traction. Microspikes is what I recommend".
From snow to sweet rock formations and stunning views, the Green Mountain Trail has it all. "One of the things I noticed down there was the valley, which was a lake. Hard to imagine that was a lake once upon a time", said Malik.
Doing the entire 3.9 mile length of the trail will take about 4 to 5 hours.
To see a trail map of the Green Mountain Trail, click here.