dogs on leash
We hiked it clockwise as we prefer to go up the more steep route and come down the easier route. The Amphitheater trail is quite steep and a lung burner. There is one point on the trail where the trail was washed out several years ago and they have installed a metal ladder that you need to climb. So going this route is probably not good if you have dogs with you. I don't think they could scramble up this one area. It took us 3 hours for the loop and the gps indicated we went 6.3 miles. Our fitbits showed approximately 250 flights of stairs or roughly 2500 feet elevation gain.
Nice loop hike, can be started from Gregory Canyon our Chautauqua. I took the Amphitheatre trail from Gregory Canyon which is about a Mike shorter because there was no parking at Chautauqua.
Nice hike, demanding, nice break about 2/3 of the way then demanding again.
Crowded at the top, kind of surprising for a Tuesday afternoon on November.