Betasso Preserve Trail

MODERATE 144 reviews
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Betasso Preserve Trail is a 7.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Boulder, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1220 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Betasso Preserve now has 2 loops, the Canyon Loop and the Benjamin Loop. The Canyon loop is 3.3 miles, a .75 mile connector and the 2.4 mile Benjamin Loop. On Wednesdays and Saturdays bikes are NOT allowed.

hiking
20 days ago

While the tall peaks were still snowed in it was almost snow free here. Went on a Wednesday so saw no bikes and no other hikers either. Though we were non acclimated Easterners the elevation posed no difficulties. Not one of the more spectacular hikes but it is pretty and a short drive to Boulder. Looks like it gets slammed in the summer.

hiking
27 days ago

This trail is built for and meant for mostly bikers. According to the sign no bikes are allowed on Wed and Sat. If you are hiking I would recommend going on one of those days. If not you WILL encounter a lot of bikes and because of how smooth this trail is, they are moving pretty fast. The views here are not great but it is a nice hike through the woods. Not too strenuous with only about 900 feet of elevation gain through the whole hike. There are better options in the area especially if you want to avoid the bikes. If you are on a bike, this trail is awesome.

mountain biking
3 months ago

Love the biking here!

hiking
3 months ago

Great, easy hike. Didn’t need microspikes but it was slick in a couple of spots.

5 months ago

Nice MTB trail. No bikes on Wednesday or Saturday. Good for trail runners too. Over 7 miles of trail in the preserve.

hiking
7 months ago

Overall it's a decent loop, as others have mentioned, it's primarily used by bikers.

About half the loop has some shady coverage and the creek provides a nice diversion, although during the Summer months it runs to a trickle in parts.

Can make for a fun day in conjunction with other trails in the area. I would definitely recommend Bummer's Rock for some amazing views and a fun short trek near by.

8 months ago

Fun for kids

8 months ago

Great early morning hike !!

9 months ago

This trail is great for hiking or mountain biking. We hiked it and I found it a very good challenge

mountain biking
9 months ago

Rocky switchbacks hike you up to the loop. long flowy wider trail with space for hikers and bikers. nice views, occasional benches

9 months ago

Great hike. Pretty. However, I'd lost it as easy, not moderate.

hiking
9 months ago

Pretty. Incredibly easy. More like a stroll in the park. Good hike for conversation and being outside.

hiking
10 months ago

Nice trail but narrow and heavily trafficked with mountain bikes. Go wed or sat when no bikes for hiking

hiking
10 months ago

Nice walk for taking the pups. Mostly mountain bikers. No spectacular views to be honest.

walking
11 months ago

By far the most disappointing "hike" I've ever been on. Unless I missed most of the trail, it was a half mile tops, with mediocre views. Would not recommend.

11 months ago

Nice family loop. Recommend hiking against bike traffic.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Canyon Loop is a wonderful hike

hiking
Friday, January 27, 2017

Really nice rolling trail up in the mountains.

hiking
Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Nice, well-kept trail. Views aren't anything special. The trail is also open to mountain bikers except for Wednesdays and Saturdays (I went on a Sunday). Bikers were all very polite and safe.

Sunday, November 06, 2016

Nice trail with average views. It is heavily used by mountain bikers on Sundays. If you want a peaceful hike, go on a day that doesn't allow bikes. I think it is Saturday and Wednesday. I spent the majority of the hike moving to the side of the narrow trail to let the cyclists go by. Would also not recommend for dogs on Sunday due to this reason.

backpacking
Sunday, November 06, 2016

Not crowded, peaceful trail. Nice drive down canyon in Boulder to get there.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Really nice loop. Not the most mesmerizing views but I like the way the trail feels.

hiking
Monday, August 29, 2016

Beautiful park with a couple different loops/trails to adjust your distance. I hiked a little over 9 miles total that day. Saw a few groups of hikers and many mountain bikers. Would recommend hiking on the days that they don't allow biking (I think Wednesday and Saturday). Easy to find TH and plenty of parking in 2 different lots.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Great hike to get you going after the winter. There is no lake though, as this app. suggests. Still, wonderful views.

mountain biking
Monday, July 25, 2016

Nice rolls up and down. Liked the silence and the view. Moderately intense.

hiking
Friday, July 22, 2016

Great views and walk!

hiking
Sunday, July 10, 2016

I really like this trail. You can do a couple loops but I generally do the 3.2 mile easy - moderate one. There are some great views, pretty benches to relax on if you need it and lots of flowers and wildlife. Also, there are some fun older structures down the hill to check out if you're up for the climb back up. I agree I like going better when bikers and horses aren't sharing the trail but, in general, everyone fits on the trail and tries to make it work for all.

mountain biking
Sunday, June 26, 2016

I rode my hardtail. While it was a bumpy it was still really fun.

Monday, June 20, 2016

nice little trial...wouldn't call it moderate, easy makes more sense...My 3 year old managed it without any trouble. couple nice brooks and some great views

hiking
Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Really nice! The mountain bikers can come flying, but they're generally polite

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