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
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.
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.
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.
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