Green Mountain Trail - TRAIL

Green Mountain Trail - Trail, Tucson, Arizona

This is Tucson's premiere technical ride. It is without a doubt the most diffucult trail in the area. Begin on the Brush Creek Trail and start descending. Stay on the Brush Creek Trail at the first junction with the Green Mountain Trail and continue down the switchbacks. Take the Brush Creek #21 shortcut up and connect with the Green Mountain Trail at the top. Descend on the green Mountain Trail to the General Hitchcock campground and your vehicle. All of the trail junctions are well-marked with metal signs which have the trail names and distances written on them.

User Reviews (11)

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alphakappa3   Weekend Warrior [Jul 26, 2007]

Lots and lots of downed trees and washed out switch-backs. Not much continuous riding to be done on this trail, Sorry.

Customer Service

Park at General Hitchcock, ride up Catalin Hwy until you get to the trailhead. It loops back to the campground.

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2
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3
Aaron   Weekend Warrior [Jul 11, 2007]


I rode this trail in May 2007 and regret to tell you that it is largely unridable. There are fallen trees every 100 meters or so, and seems to be no sign of cleaning them up anytime soon. The trail would be a great ride otherwise, but is totally unridable as is stands now. Save yourself the hassle. Does anybody know about trail work in Forest Systems?

Customer Service

I parked at General Hitchcock and rode up Catalina Hwy to the trailhead near San Pedro Vista. The trail loops back to General Hichcock Campground.

Similar Products Used: Not Butterfly Trail, same experience as Green Mountian.
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1
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4
Jeffreal   Cross Country Rider [Nov 17, 2005]

This trail is a gem for all mountain riders. I wouldn't recommend it on a hardtail unltess you take some Advil propylactically. The trail is in good shape as of Nov 2005 - thank you forest service and trail volunteers. The lower part (after Mt Guthrie trail spur) going into Hitchcock is definitely the best and most rideable. Soon they will have the Bug Spring route reworked to get us all the way to Prison Camp on single track.. I love life.

Customer Service

Dave is the man.. read his review and description.

Similar Products Used: Butterfly and Crystal Spring - but they are WAY OVERGROWN> Molino to Milagrosa is like sex and butter.
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5
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4
bob smith   Weekend Warrior [May 03, 2004]

this trail rocks dont let the begining fool you this trail keeps u in check at all times .i rode this trail on a hard tail it is rideable as long as you stay motivated if u stay on your bike the whole ride you are god! as noted before there is some hike a bike ..... killer swichbacks and awsome jumps off of steps on the last part of the trail ..last part is best. i wrecked no less than 5 times .

Customer Service

same as noted before you need a shuttle vehicle for sure

Similar Products Used: brown canyon seria vista molino vista
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5
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4
Dave Burnham   Weekend Warrior [Aug 31, 2003]

AFTER THE FIRE- The Green Mountain Trail was once a favorite of ours, offering enough greenness and mountainousness to make for a good high altitude basher. After Crystal Springs was blocked by dozens of fallen trees which the Forest Service showed no inclination to remove, we made Green Mountain our main summer trail along with Aspen Draw. The Bullock Fire of '02 torched much of Green Mountain and the associated erosion made things much worse. In '03 after much pestering from local bikers, the Forest Service began a rehabilitation project involving local rangers, the C.C.C and the S.D.M.B's mountain biker volunteers. Snags were removed, brush was cleared and water crossings were built up to make a ridable path. The Aspen Fire of '03 shut down all improvements to Green Mountain. When the fire danger had passed and the highway was reopened to the public, it was my first chance to ride the trail in over a year. Prior to the '02 fires, the Forest Service had constructed a new parking area and rerouted the trailhead, eliminating a mostly unridable set of switchbacks. That being said, Green Mountain is a B*TCH. The rains have been very hard on the trail surface, threatening to wash away some of the improvements and filling the easy ridable sections with rocks and branches. The trail, even in it's best condition, was a narrow catwalk carved out of a steep, steep slope that is always threatening to wash away. With the lack of boots and tires to trample things down, the trail is poorly defined and in great need of more maintenance. The trail hazards include rock gardens of sharp granite spikes, which were always there, but are now more difficult. There are many narrow catwalk sections where the edges have sloughed off, water crossings that are mostly boulder piles and require portages, downed trees and bushes crowding the trail. Green Mountain in it's current state is easily as tough as Milagrosa Ridge. The good news- The first half from the northern end is the worst, by far. The water runoffs seem to have hit the softer soils the hardest. The lack of use has made the trail less defined, but as most of the high altitude trails are closed, there should be plenty of boots and tires to help 'burn it in.' A dozen YZ-250's would do the job, but we all know that's extremely illegal and bad eco-karma. After the big hike-a-bike to the saddle, the scary rock descent is just as scary as we remembered it, even more so. With many of the trees burnt, it's hard to find familiar landmarks. The harder exposed rocks of the big downhill aren't so affected by the erosion. If you're brave enough you can dance your bike down those sketchy, sketchy, drop-offs just like you used to. The trail becomes like a familiar, though dangerous, old friend. The wooden switchbacks are just as fabulous as they ever were, though they are now undercut, making them a bit steeper. I double dog dare everyone to do them all without dabbing. Be careful. We had a great time on the descent, though I would only recommend it to motivated, experienced riders with dualies or hucking bikes. I didn't wear armor, but I wouldn't criticize anyone who did. Everywhere the trail crosses the creek, it becomes unfamiliar and hard to follow as the creek channel is wider and looks completely different. Hopefully you can follow hiker's footprints if you become confused. A nice, overlooked bonus is the Guthrie Mountain spur trail which is .4 miles south of the well marked Maverick Springs Trail turnoff. It's 1.2 miles on a semi-flat ridge out to a summit. It's marked with a metal sign nailed to a tree, that has lost all of it's adhesive letters. The trail was tough to follow at first, because of a tangle of manzanitas and a few downed logs but became much easier the further we went. It's a pleasant ridge trail with pine trees and wild flowers that doesn't seem to get used much but is actually easier than the main trail. Fire hasn't damaged Guthrie Mountain and still it's lovely and green. We will add this short detour to Green Mountain in the future. You can find it on the standard Trails and Recreation topo map. We didn't explore the last 'red dotted line' half mile on this trip as we were pretty beaten up and knew there was a ways to go. If you go to Guthrie Mountain take some clippers and prune back some of the worst bushes. You will know which ones I am referring to. The General Hitchcock Campground at the end of Green Mountain Trail is a total wreck, though I am sure it will be reconstructed soon enough. Everything looked different, and only the cement tables and rock walls have resisted the flooding. Trucks and heavy machinery are being stored there. The campground is closed and unavailable for parking, as is all of Bear Canyon. We found a pullout near a fenced off picnic area to park our van lower down on the highway. We rode the highway up from Bear Canyon to the lower San Pedro vista trailhead. It is easy to find with sign identifying it. Wi

Customer Service

Ride the paved highway up from Bear Canyon to the new trailhead, just south of San Pedro Vista. Enjoy the roadie's reactions to seeing armored dualie riders on the highway.

Similar Products Used: Milagrosa Ridge, Kentucky Camp, Fifty Year, all of 'em.
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3
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3
Phil Tittle   [May 04, 2000]

As posted, THE best technical singletrack in the area. Do not ride this trail if you are not an advanced rider and be honest with yourself here. It's worth hiking first if your apprehensive. The trail is misleading the first mile or so. With exception of a few off camber rocks/roots, it's relatively smoothe. Mind the steep drop offs though. When you make the right hand turn going back to Hitchcock is when things get interesting. We've described it as a controled slide for the last couple of miles. Lots of steep drop ins and loose dirt with plenty of boulders. Have fun and be careful. Don't go if you freak over scratches in your paint! I give it a five rating because I'm into self inflicted pain.

Customer Service

Precisely as the directions state. Would recommend doing in the middle of week or going early morning to avoid traffic on Catalina Hwy. One last note, take a buddy . . . you'll may need him/her to call 911 and direct the chopper in if you're not careful . . . it's that technical!

Similar Products Used: Crystal Springs/Butterfly, San Maniego (Shuttle), Canada del Oro (Shuttle), Oracle Ridge (Shuttle), Aspen Draw, and Molino
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5
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Kenyon   [Jul 14, 2000]

I have ridden this trail a few times, and it's a hoot--if you have the right attitude. It is truly difficult, definitely for advanced riders, and I don't know anyone who has not had to walk significant portions of it. At the end of this one, however, every other technical trail you ride will look easier. Stay with your buddies, because chances are, you'll get to see some exciting dumps--or maybe you'll take one.

To eliminate the road ride, you can easily arrange a shuttle.

Customer Service

To ride the most direct route, when you reach the junction after the first half mile (and some hairy, hike-a-bike switchbacks), go right, staying on the Green Mountain Trail proper. This saves some descending and re-climbing on the Brush Corral trail, which is what you'd find if you take the left turn and the "short cut". In short, make right turns all around.

Similar Products Used: Butterfly Trail--similar in some respects, but not as much net elevation loss, and not so nasty.
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4
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andy f.   [Aug 04, 2000]

Every time I ride this trail it just seems better and better. I'm getting so I can clean just about everything on it. It's an incredible feeling to finally "flow" on this trail. The Brush Corral descent is an almost endless series of switchbacks and the Green Mountain descent is rocky, twisty, and steep. Really steep. The only trail around here that has anything comparable is Milagrosa, and the tough parts on that ride are much shorter. Green Mtn. and Milagrosa are my two favorite rides.

Customer Service

Same as the directions I posted above with one correction: The initial trail is called Brush Corral, not Brush Creek. Sorry for the mistake. Also, it really is worth doing the full descent on Brush Corral instead of turning right onto the Green Mtn. Trail. You'll have to push your bike up much of Shortcut #21 at the end, but i'd rather suffer through that than miss all of those switchbacks!

Similar Products Used: Milagrosa Trail, Butterfly/Crystal Springs
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5
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mtbberzrkr   [Aug 19, 2000]

Bring yer titanium ballz!
As mentioned before, the first part is smooth and fast. Then the hike-a-bike for a mile is do-able, if you have the lungs, otherwise you're walking it like me. Down Green Mountain Trail is like riding your bike down a water slide. Narrow,with high birms on both sides, it really keeps you in check. I dumped on it no less than 6 times, a couple of them were because I was laughing so hard.
I consider myself an experienced technical rider, and I was thankful for the full-face helmet and pads.

Customer Service

follow Andys directions.

Similar Products Used: Milagrosa,Crystal Springs/Butterfly Springs
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5
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Dave the Brave   [Sep 18, 2001]

Green Mountain is the sickest, most wicked rockpile that a forest ranger ever had the balls to stick a trail sign on. It packs a many, many gut checks into it's short eleven miles. It's got everything from granite death plunges, to granny gear grunts, beautiful switchbacks and even five miles of steep road climbing at the start for you freeriders. The first part is extreme Lemmony technical, the middle part is hike a bike, and the last part is some of the best switchbacking in the world. The scenery is tremendous for the whole length. Big views, big climbs, big descents and big wrecks!

Customer Service

Follow the route described above. Bring your downhill balls and your body armor for the first two miles. Also bring your sense of beauty for the scenic wonders. You can gaze at the trees while you're recovering from crashes.

Similar Products Used: Aspen Draw, Milagrosa Ridge, Red Ridge, Cripple Springs, Molino Basin, Deer Camp...all of 'em
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4
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