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Date Friday  6/4/2021
End Date
Group Boulder
Event Title Ascending Hike Series: Baseline to Ampitheatre and Saddle Rock Trails
Start Time 6:00 PM
Status Complete
Leader Carrie B. Simon
Member Price Free
Available Participants 4
Type Trip
Trip Type Hike
Pace Moderate
Classification Moderate B
Trail Mileage 3
Elevation Gain 1522
Driving Distance


Ascending Hike Series -

Baseline to Ampitheatre and Saddle Rock Trails is a 2.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Boulder, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October.

The Saddle Rock Trail has it's beginnings off of the Gregory Canyon Trail, very near the Gregory Canyon Trailhead (try to park here) click on the link for parking fee. If there is no parking, look on Baseline Rd. or the surrounding neighborhoods. Meet at the Trailhead. Arrive early to help ease the frustration of parking.

Soon after starting down this trail, it crosses a bridge and climbs to the junction of the upper end of Amphitheater Trail. From there, the Saddle Rock Trail climbs steeply up, utilizing many sections of rock steps, along side a washed out gully and becomes more of a physical challenge. Because of the damaging floods in September 2013, OSMP crews have installed a ladder where the trail crosses the creek bed.

Soon after climbing the short ladder, you'll come to Saddle Rock, the trail's namesake. Saddle Rock, a short detour off of the trail, is an overlook that offers sweeping views of Boulder and beyond. The trail then continues to climb up the ridge line to end at a junction with the E.M. Greenman Trail.

Covid Precautions - check latest in effect re-carpools, masks, and social distance between hikers -

For preparation please read:


Dogs are welcome

For more info Contact

Carrie-text only 720-939-4197

I check registration about an hour before I leave. If you need to cancel,  Please, do this yourself online. I will see your cancellation. Here's how: Log in to>Members>My Membership>My Trips> find this trip (all your upcoming trips are listed in date order). Click "cancel."

In addition: Please Text, if you have to cancel the night before or the morning of. Rarely do I check emails before we meet.



Check the weather prior to arriving. We will head up if there is no thunder or lightning.

Instead of a waterbottle, use a bladder so we may travel at a continuous pace - this is optional

Practice using your hiking sticks to move quicker. See Preparation link.

Must have ----10+essentials

Please Read prior to signup: For preparation please read:


Before participating in any of our trips, outings, or classes, you must first sign a liability waiver: (regular member) (guest)

                       (To be current, you must have a signed waiver on file with us within the last year

Feel free to contact the CMC office with any questions or concerns. CMC staff is working remotely but closely monitoring the website, voicemail, email, and at times collecting postal mail. 

Please continue enjoying the outdoors while remaining safe and up-to-date on the latest precautions for the pandemic!


Claire, Mary, and Roger - Membership Services (303-279-3080 x 1)


Ascending Hike series is designed for CMC members of all ages wanting to increase (or recover) hiking speed and stamina - This includes Me.  The series also provides an opportunity to meet CMC veterans, make new friends, and explore more of Colorado's hiking trails.  The AH series provides everyone a supportive way to work on their day hiking skills.  

Hikes start off easy and those you will find offered on the Trips Page Wednesday nights. We gradually progress in length and difficulty so you're ready to tackle a new challenge by the end of summer.  We’ll even offer a couple of 14’er climbs just for AH Participants at the end of the season!
No big commitment. You can jump in or out anytime.


Sorry it is past the registration deadline for this event.