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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.

Length 7.8 mi Elevation gain 1,220 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Hiking Horseback riding Mountain biking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Running Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife
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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.

Trailhead parking, no facilities

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Thomas Bruch
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HikingGreat!

Hiked on 9/12, a Saturday. 1st lot full at 8 am but picnic area lot available or the east lot. Warm sunny day with clear skies and dry conditions. Hiked both the Canyon and Benjamin Loops using the loop link and registered 7.3 miles. Trails are easy, mostly in the shade with occasional look outs on scenic forests and hills. A lot of folks out running with everyone observing mask requirements. This was an enjoyable hike on well marked trails.

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Chasing Elation
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RunningGreat!

dry and well maintained trail, no bikers sat and weds! partly shaded with maps and mile markers along the way! if the first lot is full go on to the east trailhead parking or bummers rock parking lot and hoo on the connector trail to the loops. they even have a bike service station with tools permanently attached if you're a biker.

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April Minen
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Hiking

Wonderful 7.5 mile hike.

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Andrea Wu
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Hiking

I came here on a weekday afternoon, and we did the loop. It was a pretty easy walk and most of it was shaded which was great. There was also plenty of (free) parking! We saw some people running and biking, but in general it wasn't too crowded. Views are alright, and I appreciate the mileage signs along with all the posts for which trail is which. It took us about 2.5 hours to do the loop, not included the connector in the north.

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Tyler Frawley
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Hiking

Nice little hike, not much space to give way to the bikers, but everyone was friendly. There is plenty of parking, either in the lots or on the side of the road near the trailhead. We were there on a Sunday afternoon, not as busy.

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Chris Brecht
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Hiking

Great trail. Easy to moderate if it were not for a hot dry day. Little water. Beautiful forest. My sister fell and got a scrape on her chest. Not sure how. It was a small decline. We patched her up and kept on. Friendly bikers.

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Max Lawrence
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Hiking

I hiked this trail on 13June2020. It was a really good hike. It had a lot of incline and decline. Some great views. Spotted one deer. A stream and rusted out car that had fallen from the road a while ago is visible at the "second" loop area. Some shade and some sun area. At times the trail was wide and others it was narrow.

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Sam King
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Heavier biking traffic than foot traffic

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Len Gehring
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Hiking

Beautiful trail. Lots of birds to watch.

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Sabrie Niznik
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Hiking

Great trail, dry.

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Donovan Woolley
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Hiking

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.

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Anna Carlson
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Hiking

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.

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Kristen Pettersen
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Hiking

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

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Josh Medley
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Mountain biking

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

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Jen M
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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.

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Sam Wade
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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

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Brooke Russell
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Hiking

Awesome. Did see moose be careful

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Allen W
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Hiking

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.

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Anna Hudson
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Hiking

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.

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Marta Nielsen
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Hiking

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.

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heidi johnson
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Scott Young
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Hiking

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.

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Adora Shumar
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Rocio Huerta
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Hiking

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.

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Thomas Bruch
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Hiking

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.

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Eric Butler
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Varied terrain, and not too crowded.

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Kirby Stein
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Hiking

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.

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Jessica Toll
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Hiking

Perfectly dry and good for hiking.

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