Peak(s):  Greenhorn Mtn - 12,347 feet
Post Date:  06/30/2013
Date Climbed:   06/30/2013
Posted By:  Brian Thomas

 It's Not Easy Being Green  

Greenhorn Mountain - 12,347'
Wet Mountain Range Highpoint
Pueblo County Highpoint
Colorado's 11th Most Prominent


This has been a difficult week for myself and many others on this site. After attending Steve Gladbach's very moving memorial service on Saturday, I was feeling emotionally rattled, and not very social, so I drove out of Pueblo seeking some solitude and mountain therapy. I have been thinking about Greenhorn Mountain for the past few months as something I'd like to hike, but it's not really near anything (Bishop's Castle?) and not really on the way to anywhere. It took over two hours to drive to the trailhead from Pueblo, if you are driving to Westcliffe from Wetmore and points north, it might take an hour and fifteen minutes from the 96/165 junction. From the turnoff from 165, my odometer clocked 24.3 miles to the trailhead. The hike and the peak itself are not that remarkable, but the views of the Sangres from there are. I'll let the pics tell the story for this one, sorry about the poor photo quality, I know I need a better camera than my phone.

turn left on this road

watch out for pedestrians

Blanca group as seen from the road

East and West Spanish Peaks come into view

12,237' northwest of Greenhorn

central Sangres as seen from the road

There are numerous carcamping sites along the road with stellar views. I wanted to make sure I knew where I was going while it was still daylight so I drove all the way to the trailhead and camped there.

sunrise over the Blanca group

start of the Bartlett Trail

the Blanca group again, shadow of the Wet Mountains covering the valley

Greenhorn comes into view

central Sangres

This is the last part of the route. I left the Bartlett trail at center right and hiked southeast of Greenhorn's summit before heading straight up through a mix of grass and easy talus. The weather had me worried, as I was feeling raindrops and seeing some questionable skies at only 7am.

looking back

the mighty Greenhorn, as seen from the south

With some weird weather all around me, and considering I was the tallest thing standing within the nearest 25 miles, I only stayed on the summit long enough to snap the next three pics. There is a stone summit shelter that may or may not contain a register, I didn't look.

central Sangres

Blanca group

East and West Spanish Peaks, Culebra at center right

A few more pics of the changing light and clouds and precipitation on my descent.


There is not a Trails Illustrated map of the Wet Mountains. For route info I used SummitPost, CalTopo, and Lists of John.


Thanks for reading...

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  • Comments or Questions

07/01/2013 01:37
Getting that county highpointing bug yet? ;)

If you ever feel like making the drive back to this one, go on a clear day in September...the views are even more incredible! Hope things are well with you.


07/01/2013 04:28
As of June 2010, there was one, though not in the usual CMC plastic tube.


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07/01/2013 13:58
Derek likes this.

Looked like a good photo taking day up there. I feel bad I've always passed by that mountain.



Perfect timing
07/01/2013 14:54
Heading out with my family (2 young kids, so no Crestoning this time) to the Wet Valley in Aug and have been looking for some good long rides on my cyclocross bike. Per Google satellite, up to GM Road and over to the TH looked to be a good destination from our cabin in Westcliffe (~75mi rt), and these views will hopefully take the pain out of this flatlander's legs. I'll definitely take the kids camping up there one night.

Peace to you and thanks for sharing this.


07/01/2013 20:11
Great photos despite camera phone, you had really good light. That looks like a very worthy mountain, I love ones with lots of prominence. I also like the ”pedestrians” :-)

For county high pointer meetings I hear you get a glock and a speedo.


Never a bad day on Greenhorn
07/01/2013 21:54
One of my favorite places. Awesome for a family trip.


07/01/2013 22:22
So glad to see a report like this. I have been eyeing Greenhorn for 6 years now, just waiting for a good, detailed report like this. It's now officially on my to-do list.


I gotta do this one
07/01/2013 22:54
Looming over Pueblo Greenhorn Mountain is interesting. Although the hike would be a yawn, i'd still like to do it. Thanks for the Beta. Dale


07/03/2013 20:01
To say the least. Which explains why we didn't get a chance to say hello at the ceremony (I missed meeting a lot of people I wish I would have said hello to).

Thanks for posting this.


10/16/2014 03:15
Thanks for posting this. I've been thinking about doing Greenhorn for a while, especially as I've passed it by on different trips, or seeing it from other mountains.

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