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Betasso Preserve

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Length

6.7 Miles 10.8 Kilometers


Elevation

848' 259 m

Ascent

-849' -259 m

Descent

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

14%

Max Grade (8°)

6,582' 2,006 m

High

6,176' 1,883 m

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All Clear 12 days ago

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This hike is easily accessible from Boulder and offers amazing singletrack with beautiful views.

Duncan Moore

Overview [Suggest Changes]

To access, drive up Boulder Canyon turning right up Sugarloaf Road. Take your first right up Betasso Road. Once on Betasso Road you'll see parking for the trailhead on your left.
Features: Birding — Fall Colors — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife [Add/Remove]
Dogs: Leashed

Need to Know [Suggest Changes]

Recommended use Wednesdays and Saturdays due to mountain bike closure. If you choose to hike on a day that bikes are allowed, it is recommended to pay attention to the direction of bike traffic, which is posted and hike against bike traffic. This makes visibility for both parties better. Always be courteous to everyone using the trail.

Description [Suggest Changes]

The trailhead offers a bathroom, picnic area, and plenty of parking. Unfortunately there is no access to drinking water.

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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Jun 9, 2018
Sarah Pierce Martin
Betasso Preserve is apparently the umbrella name when combining the Canyon and Gregory loop trails - a bit of a figure eight in form. 6.8mi — 3h 50m
May 13, 2018
Eva Nunez
Apr 18, 2018
Sandy Oaks
Apr 12, 2018
Andrew Hunger
1mi
Dec 19, 2017
Cody Dopps
9mi
Nov 24, 2017
Marilyn Stasinopoulos
Oct 29, 2017
Allison Klein
Sep 29, 2017
Caitlin Seifert
Alone 6.7mi

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  4.2 from 35 votes

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