This week I hiked the upper section of the Green Mountain Trail which starts just a quarter mile after going past the Rose Lake turnoff on the Catalina highway. This hike starts at the top and runs downhill, so you have to hike uphill on the return (not something I relish), but the total climb is a moderate 1500 feet so it isn’t difficult, and given the average elevation is 7000 feet, this is a refreshing escape from the hot desert below.
I found this section of the Green Mountain trail so beautiful that I spent a considerable time taking pictures, video and just stopping to enjoy the view. This is definitely one of the best high-elevation hikes available around Tucson. I only hiked down to the saddle (where I hiked up to last week), and that made this week’s hike a short 4.5 mile round trip. But given the beauty of the hike, I was glad to take my time and thoroughly enjoy it.
Here is the Google Earth video of the hike (full GPX file is available here):
And here is the Google Earth elevation profile of the hike:
And this is the map displayed at the trail head:
Be sure to watch the iPhone video I put together of this hike. I liked how this one turned out:
And here are the panoramic photos I took. It’s amazing the photos the iPhone is capable of capturung:
The LocalHikes page for the Green Mountain Trail is here.