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Canyon Loop

MODERATE 126 reviews
#2 of 4 trails in

Canyon Loop is a 3.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Boulder, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.6 miles Elevation Gain: 521 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

running

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Note: Bikes are NOT allowed on Saturdays and Wednesdays.

hiking
5 days ago

There’s a few icy spots, but we didn’t need spikes. A majority of the trail is clear and very well maintained.

hiking
icy
snow
21 days ago

hiking
icy
snow
26 days ago

We got some snow the day before and it was just enough for micro spikes or good hiking boots. Couple inches of snow but some ice under parts of the trail. I would recommend trekking poles for balance if not using crampons/spikes.

hiking
snow
29 days ago

It was a very enjoyable and easy hike. Some of the views between trees showed the mountain formations in the area which were very beautiful. Nothing about this hike was spectacular, but I would do it again sometime. About 20% of the trail was covered in snow or ice, but I never ended up using my crampons/spikes. I was getting good traction just with my boots. There are a few scenic points along the route where there are benches to sit down.

recorded Canyon Loop

hiking
icy
muddy
snow
30 days ago

hiking
2 months ago

Nice easy loop. Trail is dry, no snow or mud. Multi use path with mountain bikers, but not too many on a Sunday morning

hiking
icy
muddy
snow
2 months ago

mountain biking
2 months ago

A bit slippery with the snow but super fun!

hiking
closed
3 months ago

Such a shame this trail is now closed to MTB’ers on Saturdays and Wednesday’s.... but apparently hikers find it “peaceful” now....sure. But, it really doesn’t matter anyways because the road to get to Betasso is basically closed due to the rock slide maintenance up Canyon Road. The road is completely closed 10:00am - 2:00pm and supposedly this could go on until 2021. Save yourself the time and energy and don’t try and go to this trail is bike riding, wayyyyy better trails to hit up in the area.

hiking
3 months ago

Smooth and dry. Great trail. Completed on a Saturday so no bikes and it made it ssssoooo much nicer. Quiet and peaceful. Completed the three miles in one hour with two of my children and our dog. Definitely do again but only on a Saturday or Wednesday when there are no bikers.

hiking
5 months ago

Nice, well-maintained/marked loop, with option to continue almost midway through (if going clockwise) on additional loop (makes total about a bit more than 7 miles?). Relatively flat, not technical at all, pretty easy but pleasant. Bike repair kit near end of trail, just a bit counter clockwise of trail head. Definitely come back to mountain bike!!! No bikes allowed Wed or Sat, so if wanting to hike, come one of those days.

hiking
5 months ago

Great trail. Nice views and lots of pines. This spot also has lots of mountain bikers so be aware of the riders. Only got about halfway around due to a storm rolling in, but I’d definitely come back to finish the loop.

hiking
6 months ago

Nice trail with lots of shade. The down side is some of the bikers. Most exercised decent trail etiquette. There were a few though that were going inappropriately fast around blind corners.

hiking
6 months ago

great trail. definitely hike on a Saturday.

hiking
7 months ago

Nice trail. About 60-70% shaded trail. Lots of bikers on Sunday. Go on Sat when bikes are not allowed. Especially if you have dogs. Great views.

hiking
7 months ago

Lush and green. Tons of wildflowers.

nice easy hike. I'd says its 72% shaded. very limited parking so show up early!!!! great spots to fly a drone too!

hiking
muddy
8 months ago

Great, easy hike. Windy almost the whole loop. My hat kept blowing off! Haha beautiful time to go, small wildflowers skirt the entire trail. A small creek in the there too! I went Friday noon and passed very few people. :)

hiking
8 months ago

Got an early start on Sat. 5/18 perfect hiking weather. No crowds,front row parking and as a perk no bikes allowed on Weds. or Sat. Dog friendly hike, we did both loops, Canyon and Benjamin 7.8 miles in under 2.5 hours. I’d say this trail is easier than moderate. I’m 60 and hiked with a small 16 lb. terrier dog with no difficulty. I’d go back but only when no bikes are in the trail, it is so much more pleasant.

hiking
rocky
8 months ago

hiking
muddy
snow
9 months ago

Icy in spots, lots of mud and snow still on trail. Still managed just fine with 2- 6 year olds and 4 year old and a 3 year old!

hiking
2 hours ago

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