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Canyon Loop

Intermediate
 4.0 (51)

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


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3.3

Miles

5.3

KM

Singletrack

6,589' 2,008 m

High

6,179' 1,883 m

Low

438' 134 m

Up

439' 134 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

12%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

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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Michael Ahnemann

Trail Ratings

  4.0 from 51 votes

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  4.0 from 51 votes
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#60

in Colorado

#168

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Photos

Progression of the Betasso climb in three shots.
Oct 30, 2015 near Boulder, CO
Really fun loop!
Jul 9, 2018 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
One on the many stopping points along the trails to hydrate and catch some views.
Jun 28, 2019 near Boulder, CO
The meadow
May 28, 2015 near Boulder, CO
Nice, easy singletrack in Betasso
Dec 5, 2012 near Boulder, CO

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Apr 26, 2021
eddie akin
3.3mi
Apr 9, 2021
Jens Rataczak
Aug 24, 2020
Fredrick Ram
Aug 4, 2020
Kritty VR
3.3mi — 1h 00m
Jul 31, 2020
Tina Huntington
This was a great trail. It was a little harder than the ratings. Loved the scenery!! 3.3mi
Jul 5, 2020
Israel Serna
May 22, 2020
Zach Renshaw
3.3mi — 1h 00m
May 1, 2020
Jake P
Second lap clean 6.6mi — 12h 08m