Explore the northern reaches of Chautauqua Park on this 3.1-mile out-and-back that follows Saddle Rock Trail to a small overlook above Boulder. The route starts next to the ranger’s station and heads west across grassy slopes. After 1,000 feet, bear right onto the Ski Jump Trail and climb into fragrant ponderosa forest.
Shortly after entering the woods, the trail descends rocky terrain into Gregory Canyon. Turn left at the bottom of the descent, then left again onto the Saddle Rock Trail and begin a steady climb. Pass a massive boulder on the right with bird’s-eye views of Boulder at mile 1, then continue climbing for another half mile to a small perch with more views of Boulder and the eastern plains. Stop and take in the scene, then backtrack to the parking area.
-Mapped by Carolyn Michaels