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Green Mountain

North Cascades

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Hiked Jun 1, 2021

Type of Hike

Day hike

Trail Conditions

Obstacles on trail:
    Trees down across trail.


Road rough but passable


Bugs were not too bad


Trail snow-covered at times - gear and expertise recommended


I am a bit hesitant to post this for a couple of reasons, but here we go. Great day on Green with no people sightings. Even better, I had an up close encounter with a juvenile tree climbing large mammal who was just as curious as I. I eventually passed with wide berth when he went two claw steps up (about 6 feet), but he was still checking out the DogznI. Pretty straightforward through the forest.

As the trail nears the ridge, the snow begins. If unfamiliar, it could be difficult to lose the trail in this section. The first few switchbacks on the blooming open slopes are clear, but then the snow starts in earnest. The traverse to the basin is pretty dicey. It was either too firm or too soft. I went high and glissaded a bit into the basin. A bit of extra effort, but more fun!

The basin and summit slog are pretty straightforward.

I lost 1 Hillsound Trail Crampon if anyone heads there soon.

Note: We all have different skill sets, experience, and levels of risk aversion. For example, on Saturday at Dickerman, on my way up, several parties offered unsolicited advice about the conditions and likelihood of summitting. They all turned around near the waterfall and advised it was impossible to summit. I was prepared with spikes and poles and have been there many times, especially in spring for the snowy fun and glissades and late summer/fall for the colors and berries. We, of course, summitted up the winter route. With that said, Green is an awesome snow hike with great views and an amazing glissade. Bring a trash bag for extra speed and fun (again, based on skill, experience, and risk aversion). On the other hand, this route this time of year requires some route finding and involves a potentially somewhat sketchy steep snowy traverse and more than 1k of vert straight up a steep snowy open slope. If that sounds good, hit it and love it. If not, please wait about another month or so.



ngie on Green Mountain

I went up there last year around this time. Nice work on the summit — it’s gorgeous up there!

The route involves a lot of steep sidehilling with exposure and the “summer route” crosses several exposed avalanche fields that cannot be mitigated/protected. Moreover, this time of year the risk of glide avalanches increases significantly due to the rise in temps. It’s going to cool down soon apparently due to the forecast, but I would exercise caution for folks heading up there soon. The risk is much greater than at Dickerman (it’s close to Ellinor level risk).

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ngie on Jun 02, 2021 06:18 AM

Blamethedogz on Green Mountain

Thank you! Yup, hitting the early season glissade favorites—Ellinor, Dickerman, Green, and others not named. Just have to time things right. On Green, if you have a fast enough run, you can descend another 500 or so feet down into the lower basin! Too soft yesterday, though. While the avy risk is extreme earlier in the season, yes, there is still a risk of glide slides on warm afternoons.

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Blamethedogz on Jun 02, 2021 10:24 AM

RichP on Green Mountain

The pup is still looking good.

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RichP on Jun 02, 2021 11:16 AM

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RichP on Jun 02, 2021 11:18 AM

Blamethedogz on Green Mountain

Hey, now, Rich! Great to hear from you! You still getting out to the more remote destinations? Pretty much same same here. Cheers!

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Blamethedogz on Jun 02, 2021 12:17 PM

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Sir-Hikes-A-Lot on Jun 02, 2021 11:18 AM

Blamethedogz on Green Mountain

Thank you! We spent Lilly’s 13th birthday on Ellinor. I’m so glad she is still able to get out, albeit at a slower pace.

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Blamethedogz on Jun 02, 2021 12:14 PM

lindamarie23 on Green Mountain

Hi there! Great review, very informative. We are coming out to the area from Georgia, six weeks from today! We are avid hikers in North Georgia and the Smokies but we don't have a ton of experience in snow. We do use poles regularly and have worn our crampons a handful of times, but nothing like an ice axe. We plan to turn around if we encounter a lot of snow.

I have fallen in love with this trail since I saw pictures of it. There is just something about it that appeals to me so much! All I have heard about it so far is that the road has tons of potholes (we are renting a truck), the bugs can be bad (mosquito net hat), it is hard to get to, there was a fire there last year (?) and it clearly has so much snow. Yet I'm still dying to hike it.

So finally to my question... do you know how much snow is likely to remain in 6 weeks? I don't know much about your weather out there - it seems like it is super warm right now but is that enough time for that much snow to melt? Just want to know what to expect and if it is worth it for us considering we aren't comfortable going through a lot of snow.

Also, I thought the road was closed due to a fire last year... is that no longer the case?

Thank you in advance for your guidance!

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lindamarie23 on Jun 02, 2021 06:31 PM

Martin Bravenboer on Green Mountain

The road closure is *after* the road to the Green Mountain Lookout.

It highly depends on the amount of snow and type of spring when it melts out, but you can get some impression by going back in the trip reports and checking previous years for when it is mostly melted out. Typically this is a trail you want to do in the 2nd part of July if you want to avoid too much snow. You'd be on the early side. With poles and traction a fit person should normally be able to make it then.

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Martin Bravenboer on Jun 03, 2021 11:54 AM

simoneva on Green Mountain

My experience last year was that there was still a substantial amount of snow in early/mid july. When I was there the second weekend of july there was so much snow we almost lost the trail a handful of times and were unable to summit. We did not have poles or crampons, however, even with those items I'm not sure we would have made it to the top.
However I have heard that the snow is melting faster this year than it did last year, we had a late snowmelt last summer. So I would suggest checking the trip reports about a week before you plan to hike and base your decision on that information.

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simoneva on Jun 06, 2021 06:40 PM

lindamarie23 on Green Mountain

Great advice - thank you both. I will be checking frequently.

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lindamarie23 on Jun 06, 2021 06:56 PM

kris.s on Green Mountain

Hey man, great trip report. I went up this weekend and had a similar experience, though it was a bit more wet on my way back compared to yours. Good fun glissading down from the top. P.S. I found your microspikes! They were by the first 'lake' just before the camp area on the way up. Shoot me a note kris.simonsen1 <at> gmail and we can figure out how to get them back to you, I'm in Seattle. Cheers.

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kris.s on Jun 13, 2021 03:35 PM