The Green Mountain Trail starts at over 7,000 feet and winds down about 1,000 to the General Hitchcock campground, the 3.9 mile trail (one way) offers excellent views across the San Pedro Valley. This hike is a one-way hike where you usually would do a car shuttle to get back to your starting point. Keep in mind… our hikes are becoming more and more abbreviated and modified because of the weather. We have already had temps of 100 degrees so we have had to alter the normal trails to suit our very selfish need to hike as long as we possibly can. That being said, we started our hike in reverse, starting at the General Hitchcock campground and climbing up.
We started out with temperatures a gorgeous 67degrees, knowing that it wouldn’t be long before they would begin to climb. The views were absolutely wonderful. There were hillsides covered with rock formations and thin scrubby forest of pine, oak, manzanita, chaparral and juniper. From some points along the trail we could see Bear Canyon and see Thimble Peak framed at the far end of the canyon. The smell of the pines was amazing, but even more amazing was the sound of the wind blowing through them.
We had to make frequent stops because of the altitude. It wasn’t hot, so we didn’t have to make stops for drinks….it was only because we would become short of breath after the steep climbs. I say “we” but maybe I should speak for myself. I am the novice hiker and I am not ashamed to admit when I am out of breath. The others seemed to be doing fine, but it got harder and harder for me to face another steep incline. Finally, at about 90 minutes or so in, I felt I was really pushing myself and decided it was time for me to stop. I offered to stay at this point while the others went ahead to the saddle – our turnaround point (which was actually in view) but the others decided we should stay together as a group. You have no idea how happy I was at their decision, because I am a big chicken when it comes to lions, tigers, and bears!
| I don't remember what Stan was teaching us on this one :-(|
|Modesty prevents me from posting pictures of the camper....|