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great hike
great climbing
beautiful views

hiking
2 days ago

hiking
2 days ago

A very busy Saturday but everyone was super friendly! Great views and wonderful weather

A very busy Saturday but everyone was super friendly! Great views and wonderful weather

hiking
3 days ago

No doubt about it, Chautauqua Park is a busy place on the weekends. Don't be surprised to find a full parking lot. Parking on weekends is not free, either download the Park Mobile app before you go or be prepared to take the Park to Park shuttle (plenty of signage along Baseline Road telling you were those pickups are located so kudos Boulder).

So now that your in a busy mountain park, where do you go? I recommend the Amphitheater/Saddlerock loop. It's a steeper climb than most of the park which keeps a lot of the traffic at a minimum. Despite being there an a gorgeous Sunday morning I probably saw fewer than ten hikers on this trail, even with the Chautauqua lots being full!

Most of the hike is shaded in a pine forest and the trail (like all the trails in Chautauqua) is well maintained. The incline can be intense, but does not require any unique technical proficiency and I don't recall any part that I would consider at all dangerous. This is a great trail for new hikers looking to challenge themselves or prepare for more challenging hikes.

hiking
3 days ago

A decent hike - bumpy and steep in some parts but overall the trail is fairly moderate. The arch and views from the top are beautiful - it's worth getting up early for. Took me just on 2 hours round trip with a 15 min break at the top. Expect crowds anytime after 9am.

hiking
3 days ago