Green Mountain Trail #21

Area Status: Open
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Green Mountain Trail 21 map

The upper end of the Green Mountain Trail  begins at  a trailhead  just below San Pedro Vista.  The lower end is located just below General Hitchcock Campground. From the upper trailhead, good views start as soon as you step out of your car here where the Galiuro Mountains, Mount Graham and the wide San Pedro River Valley are framed by the pines and firs that cling to the slope below the overlook. Good views continue for some time as the trail bends around an exposed point. About a third of a mile from the trailhead, the Brush Corral Trail #19 branches off on its 3,200 foot dive down the mountain’s east side. The Green Mountain Trail drops gradually through thick forests out and around a major ridge to a junction with the Shortcut Trail, which provides a little used and hard to follow connecting route to the Brush Corral Trail. From this point the Green Mountain Trail climbs up and over Bear Saddle at the head of Bear Canyon, but not before passing another junction with another side trail, the Maverick Spring Trail, which leads less than half a mile to a picturesque natural seep. This spring usually has water in it and is located in an area that is quite lush. From Bear Saddle, the trail drops down into Bear Canyon through forests of ponderosa pine, Douglas-fir and Arizona cypress. After crossing usually dry Bear Creek a number of times it ends at General Hitchcock campground.

At a Glance

Usage: Light
Water: Purification of water is recommended prior to use.
Operated By: Santa Catalina Ranger District

General Information

Directions: Drive up the Catalina Highway either to the General Hitchcock Campground trailhead or to the San Pedro Vista Point trailhead. Both are clearly marked.



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  Area/Length : 
10.7 miles

  Elevation : 
6,000 feet - 7,300 feet