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Saddle Rock Trail

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

1.1 mile 1.8 kilometer point to point
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,388' 423 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 7,227' 2,203 m
Low: 5,840' 1,780 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 24% (13°)
Max Grade: 46% (25°)

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Trail shared by Brian Smith

A steeply climbing trail between Gregory Canyon and E.M. Greenman trail with a stunning overlook.

Brian Smith

Features Birding · Cave · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

The Saddle Rock Trail has it's beginnings off of the Gregory Canyon Trail, very near the Gregory Canyon Trailhead. Soon after starting down this trail, it crosses a bridge and climbs to the junction of the upper end of Amphitheater Trail. From there, the Saddle Rock Trail climbs steeply up, utilizing many sections of rock steps, along side a washed out gully and becomes more of a physical challenge. Because of the damaging floods in September 2013, OSMP crews have installed a ladder where the trail crosses the creek bed.

Soon after climbing the short ladder, you'll come to Saddle Rock, the trail's namesake. Saddle Rock, a short detour off of the trail, is an overlook that offers sweeping views of Boulder and beyond. The trail then continues to climb up the ridge line to end at a junction with the E.M. Greenman Trail.

Flora & Fauna

Ponderosa pine forest dominates this trail in typical Colorado frontrange style. Black bears, mule deer, and mountain lions all inhabit this area.

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Jun 4, 2019
Brandy Coffey
Jul 30, 2018
Mark Phillips
Jun 16, 2018
Joe Valley
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Mar 24, 2018
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Sep 12, 2017
Reed Harrington
From Amphitheater Trail
Aug 14, 2017
Kat Reysen
Apr 13, 2017
Beck Hickman
Feb 21, 2017
Izzy Robie

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  3.8 from 4 votes

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Photos

Snowy Boulder from Saddle Rock Trail. with permission from BoulderTraveler
Jan 11, 2015 near Boulder, CO
Enjoy fantastic views out over Boulder from the Saddle Rock Trail.
Mar 19, 2017 near Boulder, CO
The trail parallels a stream (turned eroded ravine after the 2013 floods)
Jun 17, 2015 near Boulder, CO
This rocky outcrop makes a pleasant spot for reading
Jun 17, 2015 near Boulder, CO
Hop across rocks here to cross the stream.  There is a lot of flood debris scattered around here.
Jun 17, 2015 near Boulder, CO
Pleasant, briefly level section of the Saddle Rock Trail
Jun 17, 2015 near Boulder, CO

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