Green Mountain sits just north of Giant Mountain in the Giant Mountain Wilderness. Green is the 48th highest peak in the Adirondack Park and misses being a 4000 footer by only 20’. So if the mountains keep pushing up a few centimeters a year, it might make it in the next couple generations.
The most popular route up Green is using the south slopes near the Giant Lean-to. This route will have you following the North Trail to Giant Mountain before starting a 0.5 mile bushwhack to the wooded summit. The summit offers little to no views, but the steep slopes open up vista toward Giant and Rocky Peak Ridge. The North Trail offers great rewards as you hike through it’s open woods. There is also the spur trail to Owl’s Head Lookout along the way.
For more information on Green Mountain be sure to pick up a copy of “The Other 54” by Spencer Morrissey. Order it directly through the publisher by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Mountaineer in Keene Valley or Book Store Plus in Lake Placid to pick up a copy.
Elevation: 3980’ Ascent: 2710’
Distance Round Trip: 12.5 miles Approximate Time Round Trip: 7 to 8 hours
From the intersection of Route 73 and Route 9N, south of Keene, follow Route 9N toward Elizabethtown. Continue for 5.75 miles to the Trailhead for the Giant Mountain Wilderness on the right. Park in the parking lot and begin by following the dirt road.
Not for families or out-of-shape hikers. Should be experienced in off-trail navigation
Special Gear Needed:
Eye protection, sturdy hiking boots, GPS and map and compass
This is a very long snowshoe trip, not recommended for cross-country skiing. Need to be very physically fit for winter travel. The North Trail to Giant and the bushwhack portion are not frequently traveled.