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Greenhorn Mountain National Wilderness Area
San Isabel National Forest, Wet Mountains, Colorado
Greenhorn Mountain National Wilderness Area map

Greenhorn Mountain National Wilderness Area, comprising some 22,040 acres
in the southern Wet Mountains, came into being through an Act of Conress in 1993.
Once upon a time there were homesteads and cattle ranches in some areas out here
but over time, they were abandoned and this land was incorporated into the Wet Mountains
section of the San Isabel National Forest. These days there’s no mechanized vehicles
allowed, which includes mountain bikes and hang gliders. Except for the igneuous
intrusion that forms and fills the upper rock faces of the Greenhorn Peaks, this
area of the Wet Mountains is built on carved formations of 1.8 billion year old
granite. The rock of the Peaks themselves plus Santana Cone and Badito Cone are
from one igneous intrusion, about 25 million years ago (about the same time as the
main Spanish Peaks and Mt. Mestas-Silver Mountain-Sheep Mountains intrusions).

Directions: We went to the Ophir Creek Turnoff, just north of Bishop’s Castle
on State Highway 165 and went west on Forest Road 360 to the intersection with the
Gardner Road (FR 634). There we turned left on FR 369 and followed that to the trailhead
at the end of the road. It is a long road with many twists and turns and you don’t
even see Greenhorn Mountain itself until you are almost on it. There are quite a
number of hiking trails leading off along the way and all of it looks gorgeous.

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Greenhorn Mountain National Wilderness Area
Looking south along the ridge from
South Greenhorn Peak
Greenhorn Wilderness Area
Looking south from South Greenhorn Peak
Greenhorn National Wilderness Area
Looking southwest from South Greenhorn Peak
Bartlett Trail from South Greenhorn Peak
Bartlett Trail from South Greenhorn Peak
Bartlett Trail
Bartlett Trail from South Greenhorn Peak
On the Bartlett Trail below South Greenhron Peak
Heading north on the Bartlett Trail below South Greenhorn Peak
below south Greenhorn Peak
The ridge above leads right to
South Greenhorn Peak
Bartlett Trail
The Bartlett Trail follows the edge of the scree field
Bartlett Trail in National Wilderness Area
The countryside below the Bartlett Trail
creekbed
The springs come out of the ground
where we walk, then they travel downhill like this
rock ribs on the hillside
A granite rib just shows on the hillside
completely different rock
A last shot of the rock wall above
Greenhorn MountainTour de Greenhorn Mountain
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