This morning I went up Green Mountain via the Greenman trail with the intention of doing Bear Peak if things felt alright. The temps were still cool but warming quickly as I left the trailhead in Gregory Canyon at 8:50. I was pretty slow on the ascent taking about an hour but this was OK as it meant I had plenty of energy for the Green Bear trail and the Bear Peak West Ridge. Surprisingly nobody was at the summit of Bear when I arrived at 10:45. I had a relatively quick jog over to South Boulder Peak and back to Bear and I head back down the West Ridge at 11:15. By the time I rejoined the Green Bear trail I was definitely tiring and made it up to the West Ridge on Green by noon, the last two hundred yards being a total death slog. I headed back down the Ranger Trail to Gregory Canyon, getting to the car at 12:40 completely fried. I will look up the miles and elevation gain later but this route has to be one of the best local runs around with stellar views, terrain, and lots of climbing. I would say that coming back on the Mesa Trail is not my first option now, even with the hot plod up Green Bear.
Thinking about Longs again this week, maybe Chasm View?
( I worked out the mileage and total elevation gain for the Skyline run at more or less 11.6 miles and 5325')