Canyon Loop

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The Canyon Loop is a short but stunningly beautiful 20 minute lap.From either parking lot or the Betasso Link Trail, take the Canyon Loop Trail in the required direction. Both directions are fun and the county usually changes the required direction on the 1st of every month. You start at a high point and descend about half way before climbing back up to where you started. The trail is bench cut on a steep slope. So although the trail is technically pretty easy, it can cause problems for those with a tendency for vertigo. Most of the trail is pleasant singletrack, relatively flowy, and about 3 feet wide, but perhaps 1/4 of the loop is on the historic Betasso Ranch road. There's an incredible overlook counterclockwise from the trailhead, less than a mile along the trail that overlooks Boulder Canyon with great views of the the University of Colorado and the city.

Important stuff you should know:

  • This trail is closed to bikes on Wednesdays and Saturdays
  • This trail has a required direction for bike traffic at all times (look for the arrow when you get on the trail)
  • Trail direction changes on the 1st of the month

Please obey these rules and BMA will continue to work with BCPOS to make the system work better.

Betasso Preserve is one of the few places to get in a mountain bike ride from town without the use of a car. Ride up the Boulder Creek Path, which goes through town and up Boulder Canyon to the intersection with Fourmile Canyon. Then you have to jockey with traffic on Boulder Canyon Drive (Highway 119) to the Betasso Link Trail, or you can head up Fourmile Canyon to the Fourmile Connector Trail.

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3.2 mi.
450 ft.


Trail Meter: Poor»Good

Great riding this morning on Benjamin/Betasso/Link all good to go. Couple of small icey spots but nothing you cannot ride/walk around.

Trail Meter: Good»Poor

Sloppy slushy icy and bound to get worse before it gets better

Trails did not see as much snow as in town. Ran at lunch today and they are good to go. * Please stay off meadow on Betasso Link. Use the road instead for a few days.*

Trail Meter: Poor»Good

Everything at Betasso is rock steady. Get out while it's hot!

bot cleanup: Submitted by juddnutting on January 29, 2015 - 09:19.
Canyon loop is not great but is doable. It still has many icy spots that required going really slow and/or walking.

Canyon loop is not great but is doable. It still has many icy spots that required going really slow and/or walking.

1 day ago: Trails at Betasso are muddy and icy. Please update when you know more!

Trail Meter: Fair»Poor

quite dangerous. give it some time...

Trail Meter: Good»Fair

Awesome all the way around; get there early before the ground thaws to avoid the mud.

Great packed snow. #fatbike it up!!

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