Betasso Link Trail

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The Betasso Link Trail is a short steep climb that's most often used when riding to or from Betasso from Boulder. To get to it, either ride up the Boulder Creek Path to where it dead ends at Fourmile Canyon and then jump onto Boulder Canyon Drive (Highway 119), or park at the head of the trail just before the tunnel on Boulder Canyon Drive.

It's 1 1/4 miles uphill - all uphill, steep, and very technical. The initial section follows the old water treatment pipeline, and is wide - but not easy. It's nearly always a loose & sandy, and has several significant technical areas. And did we mention steep? Once the trail leaves the old pipeline allighnment, it gets far more narrow, and has numerous tight switchbacks. and eventually climbs to and crosses Betasso Road. Shortly after, the trail ends at the Canyon Loop Trail. Heed the directional arrow, and continue your ride.

While this trail technically could be ridden as a downhill shuttle, we highly recommend against doing so for two reasons: 1) this is a heavily used trail close to town and you're going to cause a stress to others with your  downhill gear, and 2) the trail isn't that hard and you look a little foolish trying to play downhiller on a trail this uninspiring.

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T: 4 A: 8 C: 4

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1.25 mi.
650 ft.


Trail Meter: Good»Fair

Muddy between the bench and the road, already rutting out but 99% clear downhill from the road

lower portion of link trail... packed snow and ice

condition set to Good

Gnarly climb, but great ride!

Perfect! Completely dry.

All dry, riding like it's summer

Trail Meter: Fair»Good

dry and ready to ride!

Trail Meter: Good»Fair

I like mud, and Betasso has it. The frozen bits are melting. 75% is dry, the rest is rideable but with frozen sluchy muddy sections.

Hi. When you say you like mud, I wonder whether you realize the damage that may occur to our precious trails when you ride in the mud. There are responsible ways of dealing with muddy trails, ranging from riding lightly to dismounting and walking to not riding at all until the trails dry out.

No mud.

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