Saddle Rock Trail

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Nebraska, United States, North America
Route Type:
paved hiking trail
Time Required:
Less than two hours
easy walk-up

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Saddle Rock Trail
Created On: May 30, 2005
Last Edited On: May 30, 2005


The start of the Saddle Rock Trail begins just east of the Scotts Bluff National Monument Visitor's Center (see 'Getting There' on the main page for directions to the visitors center). The visitor center entrance is on the south side of the building, and on the sidewalk just east of the main entrance, there's an obvious sign that says "Summit Trail" with an arrow pointing east.
Follow the sidewalk to the east end of the Visitor Center building, in which you will see a paved trail leading north towards the monument. Less than 100 feet from the building, an obvious sign says, "Saddle Rock Trail."
From this point, follow the obvious paved trail towards the summit.

Route Description

This route is quite easy, especially with the paved trail, but the basic route should be outlined anyway. After following the paved trail north as displayed above, continue as it begins to switchback up the south side of the monument. After gaining a little elevation, the trail will switch east and make its way through a tunnel. From this point, the trail will go back north along the edge of the butte, and then switch back towards the top. Just before you reach the top, there's a prominent "point" that is closed off. Nonetheless, you can venture out a little way. Once you reach the top, there's a network of trails, but in order to achieve the true summit, keep to the east side of the butte, and you will come across a sign that says "Eroding Landmark." This feature marks the summit of Scotts Bluff National Monument.
The trail also leads to small points on different sides of the Bluff that offers excellent views of the surrounding valley. Be sure to check them out if you make this hike, especially in the fall when the colors are showing.

Essential Gear

Very little "special" gear is needed for this hike. Ordinary athletic-shoes will do just fine, as will shorts and a T-shirt in summer weather. Use warmer clothing accordingly. Sunscreen and bug-spray would be wise in the summer months. A bottle of water would suit just fine, as the hike is only about 1-2 hours. Beware of rattlesnakes!

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