Just a minor correction: the Huerfano County high point is Blanca Peak, not Greenhorn.
Thanks Larry, I guess that would be pretty major to some people. Will change right now.
"This castle is the undertaking of one man's own mussel and sweat who started it in 1969"
I think that muscle is what you were looking for here. Your work on this page has been excellent, but there are a few choppy or confusing sentences spread throughout, and it could probably use a little bit more proofreading. If you'd like, I could email you some more specific sentences, but I'm not going to put in the time right now.
Thanks for the revamp!
The trailhead for the Bartlett Trail is reached by taking Boulder Ave. south from Main St. in Rye. After about 1 mi., when forced to turn, turn left (east) onto CR 264 (Greenhorn Rd.). Take it to the first right, which is CR 271 (again) and signed as Hunter Rd. Turn right (south). Follow Hunter till forced to turn again, then go left (west) on Baxter Rd. After about half a mile, Baxter ends, and the road turns south, which is the beginning of Bartlett Trail Rd. Follow it as it twists south and west all the way to its end at the NF boundary. There is a good sized parking area and a sign denoting the trailhead. This road is dirt, but navigable by almost any car once it is clear of snow.
From here, the Bartlett Trail climbs steep drainages west and south. The Forest Service has abandoned all maintenance, so vegetation is threatening to obscure or reclaim the trail in several places. However, as of 2010, it is still not hard to follow, although rough in places.
The visible trail finally peters out near timberline, with the summit of Greenhorn in view. A short venture to the north-northwest through a last stand of trees must be made before the summit becomes visible again. Climb to the summit by whatever route seems best: The direct approach is steep and somewhat rocky, but a counter-clockwise ascending traverse gains the east ridge with a more gentle slope.
The forest service has changed a lot of the road numbers in the Wet Mountains. If you google a route to Greenhorn Mountain, you will find correct names so you can update the approach info. Thanks for making this page!
Thanks for the update, I'll change the page.
The Bartlett Trail still works, allowing for all the caveats stated above. The trail is a nice place to see Dusky Grouse and gently takes you to where your eyes can take you the rest of the way (but do make sure you know how to get back to the trail on the way down). Tom Warren's 100 Hikes in Colorado book says the trail is 5.5 miles long. It's almost certainly longer than that from trailhead to summit. Probably more like seven miles.
I love this area and the author did an excellent write-up but the Comanche Chief's name should be spelled Cuerno Verde (with an "n") and not Cuero Verde... And, there are quite a number of peaks that are much taller within the 40 miles that the writer mentions that are well over that of Greenhorn's height... 13,000's and 14,000's in the Sangre de Cristo range just to the west of the Wet mountain's 4 peaks. 40 Kilometers would be more accurate.