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Saddle Rock Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.3 (7)

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


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Map Key

1.1

Miles

1.8

KM

42%

Runnable

7,227' 2,203 m

High

5,840' 1,780 m

Low

1,388' 423 m

Up

0' 0 m

Down

24%

Avg Grade (13°)

46%

Max Grade (25°)

Dogs Leashed

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

Runner Notes

There's a ladder that must be climbed on this trail due to flood damage. If you are running with a dog, expect to help him/her up the ladder.

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.

Contacts

Shared By:

Brian Smith

Trail Ratings

  4.3 from 7 votes

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  4.3 from 7 votes
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Trail Rankings

#629

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#7,500

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5,559 Since Dec 26, 2014
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Photos

Snowy Boulder from Saddle Rock Trail. with permission from BoulderTraveler
Jan 11, 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
The Saddle Rock Trail has a lot of nicely built stairs
Jun 17, 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

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May 31, 2020
Emily Goodin
A little damp from yesterday's rain, but a perfect morning with a lovely sunrise!