Green Mountain is a mountain located in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains
of Northern New Mexico. Just south of Touch Me Not Mountain
, Green Mountain is located just outside of Philmont Scout Ranch
. At 11,165
, Green Mountain towers prominently over the Cimarron Canyon State Park
, Eagles Nest and the entire Moreno Valley. The summit of Green Mountain, unfortunately, is clad in communication towers and has a road that winds its way to the summit. Although the summit lacks in beauty, the views make up for it. Like any peak in Northern New Mexico, the views are endless with amazing views of Philmont Scout Ranch, Moreno Valley, the Wheeler Peak Massif, the Latir Peaks, Colorado and much more.
Panorama Looking South from the Summit
Most people who reach this summit drive to the top due to the fact that the road goes all the way to the summit. In order to drive this road up, you need a high clearance vehicle!!
Hiking towards the top South Face of Green Mountain from the Highway
If you wanted to, you could hike the road the whole way up to the top, which is around five miles. This would make sense in the winter when access on the road be be limited. Some people hike it coming from Philmont Scout Ranch coming from Baldy, going over Touch-Me-Not Mountain and then coming to Green Mountain. However, for those looking for an easy hike, you can park around 10,500 along the the road and hike along one of the many logging roads that cut around the mountain to reach the summit. There is really no defined trail, but the trail that we took was a variation of the trail going up to Touch-Me-Not Mountain. This just criss-cross various logging roads through stands of aspens and occasional pocket meadows.
Looking at the ease of access, I would say that the South Aspect of Green Mountain with good snow would make an excellent ski descent into Cimarron Canyon
Sunset looking SE
You can pretty much camp anywhere around the peak on the Forest Service Land.
Also, there is lots of devolped camping in Cimarron Canyon State Park
From Eagles Nest, take US 64 east of Eagles Nest. At the bottom of the very very sharp switch back, take a left at the Eagles Nest Reintegration Center Sign and then very left onto the marked Forest Road. The Forest road then winds its way up five miles to the summit.
Jeep by the summit Touch Me Not and Green Mountain
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Eagle Nest, NM 87718
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