Amphitheater and Saddle Rock Loop

EASY 6 reviews
#8 of 10 trails in

Amphitheater and Saddle Rock Loop is a 0.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Boulder, Colorado that features a great forest setting. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips.

0.9 miles
541 feet

kid friendly


nature trips

trail running



2 days ago

3 days ago

Love this trail! Went on a Sunday early afternoon and only saw a handful of people, compared to other trails on the front side.
Shades most of the way up and very beautiful hike all the way to the peaks!

19 days ago

Difficult trail for one rated easy. Steep climbs for long periods. But beautiful scenery and pretty shaded so not too hot.

30 days ago

I'd consider this trail a "difficult" easy due to the sharp incline at parts. Quieter one of the Chautauqua trails. I took Baseline trail over to the mini parking lot where Saddle begins. When you reach the peak elevation you get a lush pine woods growing in what almost looks like vertical wall due to being in a valley of sorts. Great place to take a break and snack once reached the peak.

1 month 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.

1 month ago

Nice trail. 4yr old and 3yr old needed to ride in packs about 1/2 the time.