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    Tom Nytes reviewed Betasso Preserve

    over 3 years ago

    Nov 28,2014 I returned to Betasso Preserve to hike Benjamin Loop (there are 2 loops within the preserve). The other loop is Canyon Loop. Each has its own trail head but there is a "link trail" that connects the two loops. To get to the Benjamin loop trail head, Exit Hwy 119 by turning North onto "Fourmile Canyon Drive". There is only one " left hairpin turn " on this road. When you see the road sign, park immediately on the left shoulder. Then WALK around the u turn and the trail head is at the left side of the guard rail.
    The loop is 2.4 miles. "Fourmile link" is .8mi. It includes a steep staircase plus a creek crossing. This trail is overall rated Moderate/Difficult but I think the loop its self is Moderate/ Easy.
    The trail is very well groomed with good signage. There is a nice bench at the top to rest an view the scenery.

    Tom Nytes reviewed Devil's Head Lookout Trail

    over 3 years ago

    Tom Nytes reviewed Butler Gulch

    over 3 years ago

    Wow. Very nice hike on Sept 23, 2014. Lots of water falls, and very interesting weather when above timber line. The weather changed dramatically 4 times while we were above timberline (from nice warm sun to entire over cast and rain). I wonder if the wide trail was build for the old vehicle that is at the mine. It looks rather old and I was amazed that it could climb such a steep grade.

    Tom Nytes completed Butler Gulch Trail

    over 3 years ago

    Tom Nytes saved Butler Gulch Trail

    almost 4 years ago

    Tom Nytes added Idaho Springs area

    almost 4 years ago

    Tom Nytes completed Staunton Ranch and Overlook Trail

    almost 4 years ago

    Tom Nytes completed Castle Trail

    almost 4 years ago

    Tom Nytes reviewed Lost Lake Trail

    almost 4 years ago

    Fantastic scenery. I loved all the waterfalls. The main trail is wide and rocky and it would be a 4x4 delight but they are forbidden. The trail branches off with about seven destinations if I recall correctly.

    Tom Nytes completed Lost Lake via Hessie Trail

    almost 4 years ago

    Tom Nytes completed Isabelle Glacier Trail

    almost 4 years ago

    Tom Nytes completed McKay Lake Trail

    almost 4 years ago

    Tom Nytes reviewed Pawnee Pass Trail

    almost 4 years ago

    This area is like the Swiss Alps (perhaps even more Beautiful). Had to cross over some snow drifts to get up here even though it is mid July which made the trip even more fun. Great spectacular scenery. Well worth the effort.

    Tom Nytes completed Pawnee Pass Trail

    almost 4 years ago

    Tom Nytes reviewed Isobella Lake

    almost 4 years ago

    Tom Nytes completed Lake Isabella Trail

    almost 4 years ago

    Tom Nytes saved Bluff Lake Nature Center

    almost 4 years ago

    Tom Nytes reviewed Evergreen: Evergreen Lake Trail

    almost 4 years ago

    This is a nice easy stroll around the lake. The highlights are the wild life in and around the lake in such a populated area. The water coming over the spill way is awesome

    Tom Nytes completed Evergreen Lake Trail

    almost 4 years ago

    Tom Nytes reviewed Alderfer / Three Sisters

    almost 4 years ago

    Very nice hiking area. I took this trip with the Westminster Active Seniors group. We had a great time.

    Tom Nytes completed Alderfer Three Sisters Trail

    almost 4 years ago

    Tom Nytes saved Waterton Wayfarer

    almost 4 years ago

    Tom Nytes saved Rattlesnake Gulch Trail

    almost 4 years ago

    Tom Nytes saved Barr Lake Trail

    almost 4 years ago

    Tom Nytes saved Bluff Lake Nature Center

    almost 4 years ago

    Tom Nytes completed Green Mountain Trail

    almost 4 years ago

    Tom Nytes added Pine

    almost 4 years ago

    Tom Nytes reviewed Tent Rocks Slot Canyon Trail

    almost 4 years ago

    Catching up on my posting of trails completed. I did this trail with my good friends in ABQ. This is an awesome place. I took many photos but they are too similar with what is already on AllTrails.

    Tom Nytes completed Tent Rocks Trail

    almost 4 years ago

    Tom Nytes saved Mallory Cave

    almost 4 years ago

    Tom Nytes completed Lake Isabelle Trail [ROAD CLOSED]

    almost 4 years ago

    Tom Nytes completed Mallory Cave

    almost 4 years ago

    Tom Nytes added Evergreen

    almost 4 years ago

    Tom Nytes completed betasso

    almost 4 years ago

    Tom Nytes completed Betasso Preserve Trail

    almost 4 years ago

    Tom Nytes reviewed Eldorado Canyon Trail

    almost 4 years ago

    The trail is in Eldorado State Park. The brochure and map provided by the Rangers rate the trail as Moderate/Difficult. I agree with the Rangers. I had a fun hike on a beautiful day. I gave it five stars and made it a Favorite trail.

    Tom Nytes saved Eldorado Canyon Trail

    almost 4 years ago

    Tom Nytes completed Eldorado Canyon Trail

    almost 4 years ago

    Tom Nytes completed Chautauqua Trail

    about 4 years ago

    Tom Nytes reviewed Betasso Preserve

    about 4 years ago

    Lots of up and down on the loops. I enjoyed them. 4 stars.
    If I can figure out how to edit the "official" information I will do so. In the meantime there are some things that you should know. 1) The location of the trail head & parking lot for the trail "Betasso Link" (It connects Highway #119 to two different loops within Betasso Preserve. This link is rated DIFFICULT for several reasons. A. It is a constant up. B. It can be dangerous as it was built for bikes and it is narrow with very fine gravel on top of hard pack. I climbed this link and almost fell about eight times because of the slipperiness. C. Next there is the bikers who are going very fast (coming down) and they sneak up on you. If they are going fast and you happen to be in a narrow area, they might not be able to stop before running over you. There is a sign at the trail head that says "Betasso Link Trail is extremely steep with loose rocks on the trail Use at your own risk".

    You can drive right to the Betasso Preserve by going up Sugarloaf road and then right on Betasso Rd.
    Bikes are not permitted on the loops on WED & SAT, and they MUST travel in a counter clockwise direction on authorized days. Therefore, it is recommended that hikers move in a clockwise direction so both bikers and hikers can see each other approaching.

    Lastly the name of the trail is not Betasso Loop. It is Canyon Loop, 3.3 mi, rated moderate/difficult. There is a short link to the other loop which is Benjamin Loop, 2.4 mi., rated moderate/difficult.

    I will post photos of the above discussed signs.

    Tom Nytes completed Betasso Preserve Trail

    about 4 years ago