Canyon Loop and Benjamin Trail Loop

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Betasso Preserve

Canyon Loop and Benjamin Trail Loop is a 7.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Boulder, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers 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

walking

bird watching

running

forest

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.

hiking
scramble
2 days ago

Heavier biking traffic than foot traffic

hiking
14 days ago

Beautiful trail. Lots of birds to watch.

hiking
18 days ago

Great trail, dry.

hiking
no shade
18 days ago

beautiful well maintained hike.

Beautiful trail, very well taken care of. 7.8 miles was accurate as well. Moderate but not too difficult at any points, just the distance. Masks were also provided which was very nice.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy trail with little elevation but lots of mountain bikers. Everyone was really respectful but be careful when coming up on turns because a mountain biker turned when we were and while no one got hurt, it definitely scared me.

hiking
2 months ago

Hike it today did 6 miles of it. Was an awesome trail. Very little traffics today and Saturday’s no mountain bikers. Variety of vistas. Woods and sunshine. Never was too steep. Would do it again

I rode on the Benjamin loop it was great. Very nice gradual slope, beautiful woods.

hiking
icy
muddy
snow
3 months ago

It’s nice for being close to the city but the two loops for the 7 miles is all there really is. The elevation change is off and is only about 800 feet. This makes it a much more mellow hike. It’s usually packed on the weekends but with the snowy, icy, and muddy conditions I only came across maybe a dozen people or so.

hiking
icy
3 months ago

Completed both loops + connector on 2/15 with some friends! Great trail with amazing views of the countryside & mountains. Snow/ice through most of the trail but with boots you’ll be fine! Poles helpful but not necessary

Awesome. Did see moose be careful

hiking
4 months ago

trail was mostly clear and dry today. a few spots were very icy.... passable on foot but could be treacherous on a bike. we started at the North trailhead, combined loops to get about nine miles and 1300 ft of elevation gain. only about half dozen other people on the trail today.

hiking
7 months ago

We hiked this early today (Sunday), and by the time we made it back, there were quite a few mountain bikers on the trail, and the lot was full. Probably a more pleasant hike on a day without bikers. I would say it’s much easier than moderate. I was coming off an ankle injury and had no issues with the trail as it’s pretty flat and even. Only a few inclines, and they’re not steep. Pretty standard Boulder views. Nice, easy trail but nothing to write home about.

hiking
9 months ago

Hiked half of this a week ago. We went counterclockwise in order to see the bikers. It was still REALLY busy with bikes. Trail was pretty exposed, can get hot. Pretty views, nice if you live nearby. I would only hike this again on a non-bike day and if I happen to be in that area.

hiking
9 months ago

Did both loops in less than 3 hours. Can see why it’s super popular with mountain bikers! Best to go on Wednesday or Saturday to avoid them

mountain biking
rocky
10 months ago

hiking
11 months 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
11 months ago

hiking
11 months 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
11 months 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
Mon Jun 03 2019

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
Sat Jun 01 2019

Varied terrain, and not too crowded.

hiking
Thu May 30 2019

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
Sat May 25 2019

Perfectly dry and good for hiking.

hiking
Sun May 05 2019

Great trail running conditions on both loops.

hiking
Tue Apr 16 2019

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

hiking
Tue Apr 16 2019

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
Tue Apr 16 2019

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!

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