Gregory Canyon Trail

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Gregory Canyon Trail is a 3.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Boulder, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1368 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

rocky

Directions from Highway 36: Take the Baseline Road exit and travel west toward the mountains. Follow Baseline Road 1.5 miles passed the entrance for Chautaugua Park to the Gregory Canyon Trailhead. Turn left into the parking lot on a dirt road. A parking fee is charged at this trailhead for vehicles not registered in Boulder County or not displaying a Boulder Resident Permit. Permits can be obtained at the trailhead or at the Chautaugua Park Rangers Cottage.

hiking
1 month ago

Thoroughly enjoyed this. We went on a Wednesday morning, so there wasn’t much traffic. A nice and pleasant up and down loop with a few switchbacks, some big rocks, lots of trees, a ladder, and snow. Yes a ladder. And being a dork, I was so excited there was a ladder in the middle of a trail, YAY LADDER! Beautiful snow was throughout the entire trail. In hind site I should’ve grabbed my yaktrax that I decided at the last second I wouldn’t need...but totally do able in the packed snow without them. Would love to do again this spring or summer!

hiking
4 months ago

Great challenging hike. Be aware that the first part of the trail is steep, with one section requiring you to climb a ladder if you start with the southern trailhead. If you start with the northern trailhead, its more gradual, but the descend is more steep and you will be descending the ladder. Whichever way you choose, the views are breathtaking and the area is very lush. Also, if you are feeling strong, continue onto EM Greenman to peak Green Mountain, come down Ranger, and then continue down the loop!

hiking
5 months ago

Great, beautiful hike! Do the steep part first (enter the loop at the downhill leg of the trail). Dogs loved it. Wear good hiking shoes because the first part of the trail is steep and very rocky and the last part of the trail is loose sand and gravel (gradual decline). The first half of the loop is definitely challenging but so worth it when you reach the top because the views are amazing! Enjoy God's beautiful creation, be safe and have fun!

5 months ago

Short, steep, and to the peak!!

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful hike - nice mix of steep rocky inclines with flat groomed trails.

6 months ago

A great trail for any hiker. Steep moments but only 3.5 miles. View at the top of the loop worth it and you can keep climbing higher if you are so inclined....

6 months ago

Great hike. Parking is limited, free to boulder residents $5 for non residents. We went on a Saturday around 9:30, off road parking are all full. Fortunately there was someone leaving so we got a spot. It took us 2.5-3 hours from amphitheater to saddle rock then down to Gregory canyon. Gregory which is less steep and much easy on your knees coming down this side. The whole trail are mostly in shade which was very nice! Lots of photo ops along the way.

hiking
6 months ago

Great short hike close to the city! We went up Saddle Rock and then down Gregory Canyon. Definitely a good workout and some awesome views of Boulder! Parking is limited at the trailhead and costs $5

hiking
7 months ago

So I've actually done this hike 3 times, twice I went up Gregory Canyon and down Saddle Rock, but I liked it better going up Saddle Rock and down Gregory Canyon. Definitely a harder hike going up Saddle Rock. Not as crowded as others near here but still gets busy. I also park at Chatauqua and hike in on Baseline Trail since parking is limited.

hiking
7 months ago

Great trail. Longer than 3.3 miles. Just under 5mi if you start at the bottom of the parking lot. Really pretty, well marked. Views are good and trails were well marked. Definitely steep going down saddle rock trail. Maybe go up Saddle Rock amd down gregiry canyo , might be easier on the knees. Killer part of the hike was my black bear siting right near the parking area.

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike. Took us about 4 hours with stopping and setting up hammocks. A lot of rocks and steep incline and decline in the beginning and end.

hiking
7 months ago

Awesome trail! Lots of shade makes it great for a warm day. If you're like me and your knees prefer steepness going up to coming down, head up "Saddlerock Trail" as it is the down leg of Gregory Canyon. Gregory Canyon is a little less steep going down.

hiking
8 months ago

Lovely weeknight hike! Very shaded. Head up Gregory canyon to ranger to green Mountain and down saddlerock. Saddleock up is very strenuous! Tons of wildflowers and wildlife!

hiking
8 months ago

My only complaint is the lack of signage about the 20 ft ladder on the portion of the trail that was washed out a few years back--one sign at the top. Luckily the dogs were able to get down along the side of the drop.

hiking
8 months ago

Nice and forested...strenuous and lots of vertical

hiking
8 months ago

The trailhead can get packed and full in the busy season so go early or park near Chataqua and walk over. This is a nice workout of a hike up and up through the beautiful foothills forest but is pretty much all incline with not so much scenic eye candy... UNLESS you take one of the connecting trails (Ranger trail) up to the Green Mountain summit which is fantastic and well worth the extra trip. Also, starting from Realization Point on Flagstaff Rd will help take off a bunch of the elevation gain of the hike and get you closer to the top of Green Mountain for the beautiful views. Definitely great exercise when starting from the bottom!!

9 months ago

One of the best hikes I've been on! There are great views and strenuous activity. Lots of snowmelt and packed snow in shady spots, be careful getting down!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

great!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

If going in the winter, be sure to bring spikes! Very slippery but otherwise a great hike. Will definitely do again!

Monday, December 26, 2016

Walked up off-trail the back way. Great views !

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