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Saddle Rock Trail

Beginning Elevation: 5,790 Feet (1804.9 Meters) Gregory Canyon Trailhead
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain, One-way: 1,400 Feet (436.4 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 7,200 Feet (2244.4 Meters) Greenman Trail
Handicapped Accessible: No
Length, One-way: 1.3 Miles (2.17 Kilometers)
Other Maps: City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks: Trails in the Boulder Valley
Usage: Heavy Please stay on the trail to avoid further impact.
USGS Map: Eldorado Springs Quadrangle 7.5 Minute Series
Vehicle Accessibility: Passenger Vehicle

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General Description

Saddle Rock Trail connects Amphitheater and Greenman Trails
Copyright: Amy Pyle - Interactive Outdoors, Inc.
Saddle Rock Trail connects Amphitheater and Greenman Trails
The Saddle Rock Trail leaves the Gregory Canyon Trailhead and begins climbing southwestward. (It may also be accessed via the Amphitheater Trail.) It winds along the western slope of the Flatirons to a formation called Saddle Rock. The path leads through the saddle of the rock and continues climbing. Within 1.3 miles it joins the Greenman Trail. The surface of the Saddle Rock Trail is dirt with large rocks strewn over steep terrain. It may be used in conjunction with other trails in the area to form a loop within the park. There are several points for climber access from this trail.

Directions from Highway 36: Gregory Canyon Trailhead Access: Take the Baseline Road exit and travel west toward the mountains. Follow Baseline Road 1.5 miles passed the entrance for Chautaugua Park to the Gregory Canyon Trailhead. Turn left into the parking lot on a dirt road. A parking fee is charged at this trailhead for vehicles not registered in Boulder County or not displaying a Boulder Resident Permit. (Permits can be obtained at the trailhead or at the Chautaugua Park Rangers Cottage.)

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
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Related Activities
Amphitheater Trail - Amphitheater Trail leads from the Gregory Canyon Trailhead to the Saddle Rock Trail.

Greenman Trail - The Greenman Trail leads south 1.4 miles from the Ranger Trail to the summit of Green Mountain.

Gregory Canyon Trail - Gregory Canyon Trail leads west from the trailhead through Gregory Canyon. It splits into the Long Canyon Trail, right fork, and the Ranger Trail, left fork after 1.1 miles.

Gregory Canyon Trailhead - Gregory Canyon Trailhead lies at the base of Flagstaff Mountain west of the Chautaugua Park Rangers' Cottage.


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