16.3 miles
Distance
2,128 ft
Climb
-2,118 ft
Descent
1 mile
High Point

Betasso is closed to bicycles on Wednesdays and Saturdays

In Boulder, a Super ride is one that starts from town, rather than at the trailhead. So start your Super Betasso ride anywhere that is convenient for you, but this route is written from Eben G Fine Park. The Justice Center on 6th and Canyon is also a great meeting place on weekends and after 5:00pm on weekdays.

Super Betasso starts on the Boulder Creek path, which is 8' wide and paved. Follow it west of Eben G Fine and along the highway for about a mile. Then you'll go under the highway and end up on the north side on a crushed gravel path. The path follows Boulder Creek for a couple of miles, going under the highway one more time. The Boulder Creek path ends at the highway and Fourmile Canyon Dr (but there are plans to continue the bike path to Chapman Drive by 2020). Follow the paved path next to the highway to the crosswalk and cross the highway VERY carefully.

You have a choice here, you can climb Fourmile Canyon Dr a couple miles and access Betasso via the Four Mile Link trail, or continue up the highway (this route). I'm not going to lie, this part sucks. You will ride on the shoulder of the highway for a mile, and sometimes that shoulder is not very wide at all. Pray that drivers on Boulder Canyon Dr are paying attention and keep pedaling. Look for a sign on your right, next to a small pullout and just before the tunnel, pointing you onto the Betasso Canyon Link Trail. The payoff to doing the ride this way is more singletrack - you get to do the full figure eight of the Betasso system. If you ride up Fourmile Canyon, you only do one side of each loop unless you ride each loop 1.5 times or do the full loop from Fourmile Canyon and miss the rowdy Betasso Canyon Link trail descent.

A tough climb begins immediately and is about a mile long. I'm not going to lie, this part sucks, too. Steep grades and rock obstacles test both fitness and skill. It's all rideable (that is, there are people who can ride it), but if you run out of gas or bobble a technical bit you'll have some pushing to do.

Cross the road and continue on singletrack through a meadow. You've reached the Canyon Loop Trail. Be sure to observe the directional sign for bike traffic (which is changed every month), and keep an eye peeled for hikers and equestrians. Give yourself enough room to stop for other trail users, keeping in mind that the trail surface is loose in many places.

Canyon Loop Trail, like the Benjamin loop, rides well in either direction but if the direction is counter-clockwise you just hit the jackpot. Whether you're going clockwise or counter-clockwise, you'll find the Benjamin/Betasso Link trail. This is a fun, twisty trail that's always signed for two-way bike traffic and has poor visibility, so keep your head up, please.

Access the Benjamin Loop and follow the directional sign at the intersection. Again, both directions are fun, though the long descent on clockwise days is hard to beat.

Back to Betasso on the Link, then finish out the Canyon Loop Trail. Descend through the meadow, cross the road, then hold on tight for the rowdy descent of the Betasso Canyon Link Trail. This trail gets blown apart every summer so do your best to live up to the motto "ride it don't slide it." And be kind to anyone who is grinding their way up the hill.

Carefully cross the highway one last time and merge onto Boulder Canyon Dr, returning to Eben G Fine park via the Boulder Bike path.

Detailed Description
Super Betasso is a 16 mile moderately popular intermediate route located near Betasso Preserve Colorado. This mountain bike only route can be used both directions and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 7 trails. This route climbs 2,128 ft with a max elevation of 6,591 ft then descends -2,118 ft.
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16 Reviews & Comments

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Jenna-moore (Nov 9, 2021 at 15:41)
Trail Betasso Link
Got my ass handed to me on this route to canyon loop Highly recommend.
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Jenna-moore (Nov 9, 2021 at 15:41)
Trail Betasso Link
Got my ass handed to me on this route to canyon loop Highly recommend.
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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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bocomtb (Oct 18, 2019 at 15:57)
Trail Betasso Link
Steep, kinda loose, well armored. Southern exposure so it melts out quickly during the winter. This is one of the best trails on BCOS land and might actually be a destination ride if it were twice as long.
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bocomtb (Oct 18, 2019 at 15:57)
Trail Betasso Link
Steep, kinda loose, well armored. Southern exposure so it melts out quickly during the winter. This is one of the best trails on BCOS land and might actually be a destination ride if it were twice as long.
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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 20:36)
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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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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  • Physical rating
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    5,418 ft
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    5,418 ft
  • Altitude end
    5,430 ft
  • Grade max
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  • Grade min
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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Loop Link
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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).
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