Canyon Loop and Benjamin Trail Loop

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Canyon Loop and Benjamin Trail Loop 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: 1,220 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

bird watching

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

On Wednesdays and Saturdays bikes are NOT allowed. 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. The loops are one-way only and change direction periodically - look for the signs.

mountain biking
rocky
9 days ago

hiking
14 days ago

A great hike that is easy based on incline and terrain and moderate due to length. I’d suggest going early to beat the crowds and to avoid the mountain bikers — who were all super friendly, but were abundant by 11:30 AM.

closed
25 days ago

hiking
30 days ago

One of the most beautiful trails near Boulder I ever done. Is not 7 miles it actually did 8.77miles from start to finished. I will definitely come back to do it again.

hiking
1 month ago

Went with a group of 12 from Loveland. Due to Boulder Canyon construction and periodic closures, came from Lyons on Peak to Peak highway and Sugarloaf road to the park. Although a longer drive, roads are scenic. Area is very scenic with green grass and pine trees helped by recent rains. Trails are easy with adequate signage. Covered 7.2 miles in about 4 hours. Great hike and would do again.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked the Canyon Loop yesterday- It took approx. 1.5 hours.....Would have gone on both loops, but our pups were getting tired!. Not a ton of shade - the hike was easy in my option, not moderate. Very pretty surroundings! Only down fall was when we tried to go back to Boulder after the hike- we were rerouted through Nederland & Lyons due to blasting in the Canyon- this made for a VERY long ride home!!

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked 05/25/19. Dry, clear, well maintained, and beautiful. Not especially challenging, not very crowded if you go early. Be aware of wildlife; saw a bear near the main trailhead.

hiking
1 month ago

Perfectly dry and good for hiking.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail running conditions on both loops.

hiking
3 months ago

Great condition. some bikers and runners out here but relatively peaceful.

hiking
3 months ago

When we went it was nice and tranquil with not too many people around. A few mountain bikers here and there but everyone was nice and shared the trail well. There were some very nice parts that went through the trees which I would imagine is a welcomed respite against the summer heat. It also seemed like it would be a great place to run if your are into that. All in all, this trail offers a great experience. I’ll be back for sure but next time I’ll try to run it.

hiking
3 months ago

Very nice trail and not too challenging to hike. Beautiful scenery and lots of open areas as well as forestry sections. Because of the recent snow fall, the path was a little bit wet and muddy in places but pretty easy to walk around. Because of the 2 loops you can make this trail as long or a short as you’d like it to be. I am definitely coming back!

3 months ago

Nice hike, dry, lots of runners, no wildflowers yet except Oregon Grape.

hiking
3 months ago

Great starter trail for the year. Perfect weather.

hiking
4 months ago

Easy trail for beginners. We were there Sunday and it’s icy and lots of snow. Bring your yak tracks so you don’t fall. Trail is very manageable with the yak tracks. Hikers avoid Wednesday’s and Sundays. Lots of bikes on the trail in spring summer and fall. Makes it very difficult for both!

hiking
4 months ago

Easy and beautiful trail. A bit icy

hiking
4 months ago

Easy terrain, but beautiful paths

hiking
muddy
snow
5 months ago

Nice chill hike, really great scenery. What it lacks in elevation gains it more than makes up for in distance - perfect for throwing on a heavy pack and conditioning your body for longer backpacking/rucks this year. Recommend cleats or clamp-ons, just so you have the option: saw some folks struggling a good deal on the ice. If you’re expecting to hit a hike that’s totally removed from civilization, this isn’t it. Good stretches where you feel like you have the woods, mts and foothills to yourself, but every so often you hit a vantage point where you could see some homes checkered throughout the landscape.

hiking
snow
5 months ago

Handful inches of snow, easy hike with minimal people out.

hiking
6 months ago

Today we did the Canyon Loop. It had quite a bit of snow but it was well packed so no need for snowshoes. There were some muddy spots. This was an easier hike.

Amazing trail! The person who commented three below me is correct- there is no trail labeled "Super Betasso" but the other trails are well marked. Just went today and small spots of ice but nothing serious. We will be back!

7 months ago

Perfect easy trail for a long walk in the woods, or a nice run. We found it to be absolutely enchanting. There were some patches of ice, but not enough to require spikes or boots.

trail running
7 months ago

Ran this trail yesterday. The parking lot only had one car in it when I arrived at noon and about five when I finished 1hr27min later. Saw a few couples hiking and one MTB. This was a fun trail - not too difficult. I tend to go counter-clockwise. So, if you’re going counter-clockwise then you’ll start going downhill all the way through the back side of Jefferson Loop. It isn’t until you get back on Canyon Loop where you start to climb back up. I didn’t do the 1/4 mile detour to the road as shown on the map. So, 7.1mile with 672 feet of climb.

8 months ago

a lot of bikers. wouldn't recommend running here on the days bikes are allowed

8 months ago

So so. Nothing special.

8 months ago

Moderate hiking. There is no spectacular view point but good to hike with young kids

hiking
9 months ago

There's definitely no lake, but this is a beautiful hike through a woodland setting with intermittent shrub land. I did run into one jerk on a bike who pretended not to know that he wasn't allowed there on Wednesdays despite there being 4 signs pointing out the law, but thankfully only saw him once. The grade is gentle throughout the whole loop and the trail is hard packed dirt with some very easy to avoid rocks. This should really be considered easy rather than moderate. In fact, most of the people I saw there were elderly and had no problem. Saw deer, squirrels, and plenty of birds, including bluejays. Go counter clockwise for a slightly easier ascent at the end, but easy either way.

9 months ago

Super fun trail for beginner-to-moderate riders!

10 months ago

Nice hike. It did get a bit warm but we started late around nine. We were the only car at the east trail entrance parking. We certainly saw wildlife. A mother bear and two cubs right in the middle of the connector trail about a third of the way down. They took off as soon as they saw us. We turned around anyway since we were only going to do the connector and get back on the loop.

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