Betasso Preserve Trail

MODERATE 160 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.

mountain biking
6 days ago

Loved every part of the trail riding on my mtb.

hiking
14 days ago

96 degrees super hot day! Although 70% of trail or so was shade and it helps. This trail was an extension of Super Betasso. Lots of runners but since no bikes on Wednesday and Saturday, it was nice without the bikers today. Cozy trails, views are ok.

hiking
21 days ago

Definitely one of my favorite hikes. The creek at the end was so worth it. Views were great and the trail wasn’t extremely steep at any point but still had great fluctuation in elevation.

hiking
1 month ago

we were trail training our rescue's and they got to see alot of bikes and people very busy . Will come back on a saturday.

Great 1st hike of the season, especially if you're not in shape because of a soft couch all winter. Bike people very respectful of walkers. Had no problems. Went on a Sunday. Good split of shade and sun.

1 month ago

If you’re a hiker, I don’t recommend this trail unless it’s Wednesday or Saturday. Hike took hours longer than it should have because I was yielding to fast, unattentive bikers ( it should have been the other way around ). I was almost hit twice and slipped and fell on my ass once when a bike came around a corner so fast and quietly I had to jump off trail.

hiking
2 months 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
2 months 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
5 months ago

Love the biking here!

hiking
5 months ago

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

7 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
10 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.

10 months ago

Fun for kids

10 months ago

Great early morning hike !!

11 months ago

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

mountain biking
11 months ago

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

11 months ago

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

hiking
11 months ago

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

hiking
Saturday, June 03, 2017

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

hiking
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

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

walking
Saturday, May 13, 2017

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.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

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.

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