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Canyon Loop

Intermediate

Trail

3.3 mile 5.3 kilometer loop
Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 438' 134 m
Descent: -439' -134 m
High: 6,589' 2,008 m
Low: 6,179' 1,883 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 12% (7°)

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Trail shared by Michael Ahnemann

The original Betasso loop - a short but entertaining loop close to Boulder.

Michael Ahnemann

Electric Mountain Bikes Unknown

Features -none-

Closed to bikes Wednesday and Saturday.

Need to Know

The bike directionality changes month-to-month. Please check and follow signage at the trailhead.

Description

The Canyon Loop is a relatively quick loop (15-20 minutes) that can be ridden by most riders. It's got enough twisty singletrack and fast sections to keep expert riders entertained, but the lack of any extremely difficult moves or dangerous areas will allow intermediate riders to feel comfortable as well. Beginners might want to dismount for a tight right-hand turn on the downhill section, two stream crossings, and a couple of fairly steep (for beginners) uphill rock/root crossings, but even beginners will find that the enjoyment and beauty outweigh the frustrations by far.

The trail surface is dry, hard-packed dirt most of the way, with a short section that winds through slightly more lush forest. There are some nice views along the way, looking out over the hilly terrain of the foothills.

As you ride the downhill portion you might start thinking that the ride back up will be daunting, but it's generally gradual and easy; soon you'll be back at the trailhead, thinking very seriously about doing the loop again.

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Check-Ins

May 22, 2020
Zach Renshaw
3.3mi — 1h 00m
May 1, 2020
Jake P
Second lap clean 6.6mi — 12h 08m
Sep 22, 2019
Jeremy Frazao
6.9mi
Sep 22, 2019
Ken Klothe
Sep 18, 2019
Emily Baldwin
Sep 18, 2019
kmcowan
With Emily, grace, and Lauren and new bikes. 3.3mi
Aug 30, 2019
Jonathan W
Jul 23, 2019
Víctor Soto
Really nice trail, im coming back! Better for beginners 3.3mi

Trail Ratings

  4.0 from 42 votes

#200

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  4.0 from 42 votes
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Trail Rankings

#73

in Colorado

#200

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118 Views Last Month
4,586 Since Nov 21, 2012
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Photos

Progression of the Betasso climb in three shots.
Oct 30, 2015 near Boulder, CO
In this video I ruin a ribeye steak, get harassed by my dog and drink from a steel mug.  Oh, and we also go Mach Chicken thru the trees on two-wheeled wonder machines.
Oct 11, 2019 near Boulder, CO
Really fun loop!
Jul 9, 2018 near Boulder, CO
Nice, easy singletrack in Betasso
Dec 5, 2012 near Boulder, CO
The trail is smooth and wide through the trees to finish the Canyon loop.
May 13, 2013 near Boulder, CO
One on the many stopping points along the trails to hydrate and catch some views.
Jun 28, 2019 near Boulder, CO

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