Amphitheater Hike

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4.3 km
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464 m
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The Amphitheater Trail is a charming adventure through the shade of sweet-smelling ponderosa pines up to Saddle Rock. Revel in wonderful views of the Flatirons and surrounding mountains as you ascend the steep terrain. Get your heart rate up as you hike through the Boulder Open Space.

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Route Description for Amphitheater Hike

The Amphitheater Hike is a charming adventure that exhibits the beauty of the Colorado wilderness. Hike through enchanting grasslands, forests, and over sandstone outcroppings. Immerse yourself in nature and let the fresh air fill your lungs as you climb up the path. Note that black bears, mountain lions, and deer inhabit the areas, so keep an eye out for them as you trek. When hiking in the late fall and wintertime, be sure to strap on some microspikes to safely navigate the likely icy terrain.

Embark on your journey along the Amphitheater Hike from the 6th Street Connector West Trailhead off Baseline Road. From here track southwest along the 6th Street Connector West Trail keeping right onto the next intersection, merging onto the Baseline Trail. This meadow-cloaked trail reveals stunning views of the Flatirons looming above. At the trail’s end, veer left, and you will be diverted onto the Amphitheater Trail. Now trekking through the woodlands, you will be surrounded by towering cliffs and verdant vegetation.

Ascend the steep path, minding your footing on the rocky terrain. Soon you will merge onto the Saddle Rock Trail to an outcropping with sparse views of the Boulder cityscape. Enjoy the view, the wilderness, and the break here. After catching your breath, retrace your footing along the path back to the trailhead.

Getting to the Amphitheater Hike Trailhead

The Amphitheater Hike departs from the 6th Street Connector West Trailhead off Baseline Road.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground


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  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    Older Children only

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  • Route Type

    Out and back

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