ElevationAscent: 776' 237 m
Descent: -778' -237 m
High: 6,575' 2,004 m
Low: 6,178' 1,883 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (3°)
Max Grade: 16% (9°)
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“This hike is easily accessible from Boulder and offers amazing singletrack with beautiful views.”— Duncan Moore
The Canyon Loop opens up to a fork in the road. The trail is one giant loop and either direction is appropriate for travel.
Canyon Loop Trail totals 3.3 miles and begins on the rim of the preserve. The first half of the trail quickly drops in altitude and the second half of the trail is spent gaining altitude. The trail is mainly comprised of singletrack and has numerous opportunities for amazing views. The trail is made up of compact dirt with some rocks and roots showing.
Near the half waypoint of the Canyon Loop, the Benjamin Trail Link intersects. This is 0.75 miles of singletrack that brings you directly to the Benjamin Loop. The Benjamin Loop is by far the best part of this hike offering 2.4 miles of heavily forested singletrack. The trail has similar signage as the Canyon Loop dictating direction of travel for bicycles. The trail is comprised of a series of switchbacks that gradually climb up the rim and then descend into another series of switchbacks. The trail is hard compact dirt with a bridge feature.
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Land Manager: Boulder County, CO - Parks and Open Space