Little Green Trail
At A Glance
0.96 mi one-way
Difficulty Rating: 1.71 (Easy)
Tread Condition: Few Obstacles
Lowest Elevation: 3660
Highest Elevation: 4075
Total Elevation Gain: 415
Blaze Color: Green
Trail Number: 485
This trail first takes you to Schoolhouse Falls (if starting on the northeast end at the Panthertown Valley trail where it crosses Greenland Creek, near the Cold Mountain entrance to the valley). It starts as a level course along the creek, where there are some bridge structures to carry you over some muddy seeps. It's a white pine forest with a few scattered Eastern Hemlock (still alive as of late 2018), and an understory thick with rhododendron and doghobble. You'll hear the falls to the left down a short set of steps. The trail dumps you out on the rocky bar at the far end of the plunge pool, river-right. This is where most people stop.
At the top of the steps, the Little Green trail continues west up Little Green Mountain (left if coming from the falls; right if coming from the Panthertown Valley trail junction). It climbs somewhat steeply through a mixed hardwood forest over steps of logs and roots. Various clubmosses line the trail in places, and some openings in the otherwise dense forest give it a neat feeling. As you approach the top of Little Green Mountain, the soil gets exceedingly thin and the trail pops out onto bare rock in places. You can study the exposed roots systems of the red maple, oak, and sourwood trees that have eroded near the trail. Clumps of huckleberry and blueberry appear near the summit, and they produce prolifically early in the season (late June on my last visit).
You'll arrive at the top of Little Green Mountain, where the trail enters a short coniferous forest of mostly white pine before emerging on the west-facing rocks with some spectacular views toward Granny Burrell Falls, Salt Rock and the west end of the valley. The trail then swings south, winds along the edge of the rock face in a descending fashion with views to the west the whole way. The trail re-enters the forest in a rhododendron and laurel thicket. It may be a bit difficult to follow the path at this point, but on my last trip there were ribbons marking the spots that lacked blazes.
After re-entering the forest, the trail crosses a low summit where it may also become indistinct. A few blazes would help here. It descends the north end of Little Green Mountain on a long series of steps before leveling out some, joining with an old road, swinging right, and joining with the Mac's Gap trail, making some good loop options available in both directions.
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Trails are often made up of several connecting paths which may have different characteristics, allowed uses, and seasons. This trail is divided into multiple segments as follows:
Little Green - Schoolhouse Falls to Mac's Gap
- Allowed Uses:
- Length: 0.86 mi
Little Green - Panthertown Valley Tr. to Schoolhouse Falls
- Allowed Uses:
- Length: 0.16 mi
Total Calculated Length: 1.01 mi
This value is derived from our underlying map data, and it may not match officially published information.
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