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With this park being within 10 minutes from where I live in Lakewood, it is an easily accessible park for me to get to and also offers some remarkable views of the surrounding foothills as well as Denver. The park itself is relatively big and has several trailheads as well. One is located on West Alameda Avenue in Lakewood while the other one is in close proximity to Colorado 470 near the neighboring Dinosaur Ridge Visitor Center. For the purposes of this hike, my primary goal was to just walk around after a recent snowstorm and take some photos.

Where: Green Mountain Park   

When: January 24th, 2019

Trail Hiked: Hayden Trail

Distance: Around 3.5 miles

Arriving after my shift at Forward Air, the snow was much deeper heading up the trail than it was in the surrounding neighborhoods nearby. It was quite relaxing that day as well due to the fact that no mountain bikes were out and about. In fact, I only saw 3 other people the entire time I was there.

Starting up the trail!

As I started up the trail, the snow was just evenly covered across both the trail and the surrounding hillside. However, this all changed once I got closer to the top as the trail was much more difficult due to the significant snow drifts. It was drifted over all the way until I reached the antenna where it starts to flatten out.

The snow drifts I encountered.
The view once I reached the area where the antenna is located with the foothills and mountains off to the west.
Looking east towards the antenna

Although the drifts did subside for a short period of time, they would return all the way until I reached an area that offers amazing views in every direction that you look.

Looking up towards Golden and Boulder.
Looking directly west at the mesmerizing view.

Overall, I’m glad I made the short journey up Green Mountain despite it being both cold and windy. I always wondered what kind of perspective you would see up there in the hours following a snowstorm and was not disappointed.

However, several downsides of this park were quite prevalent that could prove to be a problem during other months of the year. First, you will not find any shade whatsoever here which could be devastating in the summer with the sun beating down on you. Another issue that might also present itself is that you have nowhere to hide in the event that a thunderstorm suddenly forms nearby. Lastly, you can also expect to find a lot of snakes here too.

But with all of that being said, hiking up in this area during the winter proved to be both inspiring and remarkably peaceful considering the proximity to Denver.

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