Ampitheatre Trail

MODERATE 12 reviews
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Ampitheatre Trail is a 2.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Boulder, CO that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

2.9 miles 1563 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

views

wild flowers

Ampitheater trail is short but is rated as moderate due to the sharp incline and is primarily used for hiking. Dogs are also able to use this trail. Reaching the top is not enough, one should explore the east face of the mountain for a great scene of beautiful Boulder, CO.

22 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

It's a beautiful trail, but a bit crowded over the weekend, as I've come to expect of most Boulder trails.

trail running
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

1 year ago

Good short trail to do if you want to see Boulder from above.

hiking
2 years ago

The whole Chautauqua Park area is full of trails and loops to hike. The Amphitheater spur is a bit of a quad burner due to the steepness and all the steps to climb. This little hike is fairly close to my house and I'll use it as my workout hike. Personally for me Chautauqua Park is too crowded to really enjoy the hikes and that's why I only give it 3 stars. But there are trails there for just about any level and distance as a part of the whole interconnected Front Range in the Boulder and Golden area.

hiking
2 years ago

We walked this one a few times. The scenery is great and not that long but it is steep so its not the best for younger kids.

hiking
2 years ago

Enjoyable hike with excellent views; great for kids 8-year+

hiking
4 years ago

Fun hike, took the dogs on the trail. Very flat good scenery and wide open spaces

hiking
4 years ago

Enjoyable hike, took the dogs and they liked jumping from rock to rock

hiking
6 years ago

I usually hike this as the return leg of a six mile loop summiting Green Mountain. It can also be accessed from the Chautauqua trailhead off of Baseline. It is a .6 mile hike from Chautauqua to the Gregory Canyon trailhead, but there is more parking and it is free, leaving more cash for gear (smiley face). Great views and challenging hiking. Rocky and root filled in places and a steep decent but very enjoyable, as is all hiking in Boulder. Leave the I-Pod home and listen to the sound of nature. More shaded the closer to the Saddle Rock/Greenman junction you get, so be prepared for snow if you go in early spring or late fall. With melt, there will be water running on some parts of the trail.