Let's explore the new Dewey Mountain Trail in Green Mountain Falls and return via the Garden of Eden.
Distance: About 5.5 Miles round trip
Elevation Gain: About 1700 Feet
Hike Time: About 5 Hours including travel time
Difficulty: Moderate/Difficult due to steep elevation gain then coming down through the switchbacks
Trail Condition: Mostly good and fairly well marked
Hike Type: Loop
Hike Comments: From the parking area on Ute Pass Ave, we'll walk northwest through GMF to the Dewey Mtn trail head at the eastern end of Myrtle St. We'll follow the trail as it heads west past Mt Dewey, and then it turns south and intersects the Catamount Trail in the Garden of Eden. We'll stop for a snack/lunch and relaxation somewhere, then we'll return to GMF via the Catamount Trail down the switchbacks and then Belvedere Ave.
Directions to trailhead: If you're meeting us at the trailhead, we should get there at about 8:35 a.m. Take US-24 to the second Green Mtn Falls/Chipita Park exit and then turn left onto Green Mountain Falls Rd (turn right if coming from Teller County). Follow Green Mountain Falls Rd. for 0.4 miles and then turn left onto Ute Pass Ave. Park on the north (left) side of the road, near the base of Hondo Ave. (If you take the first GMF exit from the Springs, you then just go right and continue through town past the lake. Continue straight and you'll see parking next to the park on the right.)
Things to Remember: Hiking boots or shoes, hiking poles, day pack, hat and gloves, sunglasses, snack/lunch, water, and camera – dress in warm layers because temperatures are expected to be below freezing. Microspikes are also suggested -- we may not need them but need to get used to carrying them anyway.
Dogs: Well-behaved dogs are welcome and should be kept on-leash at all times. Owners must clean up after their pets.