7.0 miles
Distance
950 ft
Climb
-952 ft
Descent
1 mile
High Point

Bikes not allowed on Canyon and Benjamin Loops on Wednesdays & Saturdays. Betasso Link Trail is open 7 days as week.

Betasso Preserve is a great intermediate area close to downtown Boulder. Because of its popularity, bikes are not allowed on Wednesday and Saturdays. This ride is rated blue due to small technical rocks and roots features, moderate climbing and many sections of exposure.

Start at the main parking lot at the Canyon Loop trailhead on the left side of Betasso Rd. If this lot is full, there is more parking up the road. Both loops are directional for bikes and change monthly so please make sure to follow the arrows. You'll follow Canyon Loop around to the Loop Link trail. This trail is NOT directional for bikes and is narrow with lots of blind corners so ride with caution (and maybe a good bell). The low point of the Loop Link trail crosses a creek, it's a great time to appreciate you are only 3 miles from Downtown Boulder but it feels like you are in the middle of the Rockies.

Next, you'll come to Benjamin Loop. This trail is directional for bikes so check the arrow. Half way around, you'll come to another intersection to the Fourmile Link trail. If you want to add this trail as an out-and-back, it's about a mile long and has 2 short staircases that are hike-a-bike in both directions for most riders. Finish the Benjaimin Loop (if it's running the "good way", aka clockwise you may want to take another lap), then retrace your path on the Loop Link. Now you are back to Canyon Loop and you'll continue around in the direction you started.

Detailed Description
Betasso Loops is a 7 mile popular intermediate route located near Boulder Colorado. This mountain bike primary route can be used one direction and has a moderate overall physical rating. This route includes 9 trails. This route climbs 950 ft with a max elevation of 6,588 ft then descends -952 ft.
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20 Reviews & Comments

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KC25 (Nov 3, 2021 at 9:15)
Trail Canyon Loop
Tons of fun, lots of stumps and rocks to jump on. Starts with downhill and you gotta climb back to the car. Fairly techy downhill but still solid blue
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KC25 (Nov 3, 2021 at 9:15)
Trail Canyon Loop
Tons of fun, lots of stumps and rocks to jump on. Starts with downhill and you gotta climb back to the car. Fairly techy downhill but still solid blue
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KC25 (Nov 3, 2021 at 9:15)
Trail Canyon Loop
Tons of fun, lots of stumps and rocks to jump on. Starts with downhill and you gotta climb back to the car. Fairly techy downhill but still solid blue
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Cfries008 (Sep 27, 2021 at 16:37)
Trail Canyon Loop
Is this area worth hitting on a cross if used to moderate rocks?
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Cfries008 (Sep 27, 2021 at 16:37)
Trail Canyon Loop
Is this area worth hitting on a cross if used to moderate rocks?
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Cfries008 (Sep 27, 2021 at 16:37)
Trail Canyon Loop
Is this area worth hitting on a cross if used to moderate rocks?
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bocomtb (Aug 21, 2019 at 13:03)
CW: Fast and fun. Worth 2 laps.
CCW: No flow whatsoever. Skip it and ride Canyon loop twice.
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bocomtb (Aug 21, 2019 at 13:03)
CW: Fast and fun. Worth 2 laps.
CCW: No flow whatsoever. Skip it and ride Canyon loop twice.
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tshralper (Jul 7, 2018 at 20:37)
Trail Canyon Loop
This trail is closed to mountain bikes on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
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tshralper (Jul 7, 2018 at 20:37)
Trail Canyon Loop
This trail is closed to mountain bikes on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
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tshralper (Jul 7, 2018 at 20:37)
Trail Canyon Loop
This trail is closed to mountain bikes on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
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tshralper (Jul 7, 2018 at 20:36)
This trail is closed to mountain bikes on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
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tshralper (Jul 7, 2018 at 20:36)
This trail is closed to mountain bikes on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
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provin1327 (Apr 15, 2018 at 19:40)
This is a clockwise only trail
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provin1327 (Apr 15, 2018 at 19:40)
This is a clockwise only trail
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Chetdoo (Sep 24, 2017 at 10:33)
Trail Canyon Loop
Trail was running clockwise the day I rode this trail. Great trail. Very fun!
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Chetdoo (Sep 24, 2017 at 10:33)
Trail Canyon Loop
Trail was running clockwise the day I rode this trail. Great trail. Very fun!
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Chetdoo (Sep 24, 2017 at 10:33)
Trail Canyon Loop
Trail was running clockwise the day I rode this trail. Great trail. Very fun!
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Chetdoo (Sep 24, 2017 at 10:31)
Day I rode this trail it was running counter-clockwise. Obvious signage on the trail. Fun ride. 1 or 2 tricky switchbacks. Intermediate rating is accurate.
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Chetdoo (Sep 24, 2017 at 10:31)
Day I rode this trail it was running counter-clockwise. Obvious signage on the trail. Fun ride. 1 or 2 tricky switchbacks. Intermediate rating is accurate.
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  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • eBike Allowed
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • Ridelogs
    606
More Stats for Betasso Loops mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    6,178 ft
  • Altitude start
    6,562 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,562 ft
  • Grade
    -0%
  • Grade max
    -28.6%
  • Grade min
    29.5%
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,480 ft
Avg: 4 (1 votes)
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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Loop Link
Jul 1, 2022 @ 5:02pm
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Benjamin Loop
Jul 1, 2022 @ 5:02pm
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Canyon Loop
Jun 24, 2022 @ 8:56am
Jun 24, 2022
6/23/22 Rode CW and thought I had found the mythical 'all downhill ' loop. But wrong, chain lube-breath. The climb back to the trailhead was challenging to the heart, lungs, and muscles (my 82-year-old ones at least).
Betasso (parking lot connector)
Jun 3, 2022 @ 5:42pm
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