Canyon Loop

Boulder County, Colorado

Elevation Gain639ft
Trailhead Elevation6,490ft
Elevation Min/Max6322/6598ft
Elevation Start/End6490/6490ft

Canyon Loop

Canyon Loop is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Boulder County, Colorado. It is 3.2 miles long and begins at 6,490 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 639 feet. The Betasso Preserve Shelter picnic site can be seen along the trail. There is also a parking along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Loop Link and Betasso Link.

Canyon Loop Professional Reviews and Guides

"This short hike is close to Boulder, but tucked far enough west to offer seclusion. Located in the Betasso Preserve, home to a wide variety of plant and animal life and age-old geological formations, this 3.2-mile loop is maintained by Boulder County Parks and Open Space, which ensures a well-maintained and easily accessible trail all year long.

From dense trees and gullies to open meadows and sweeping vistas, this rolling landscape offers the beautiful views and mellow climate that is so characteristic of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains."

"This land 6 miles west of Boulder was not homesteaded until 1912, three years later becoming a cattle ranch operated by the Betasso family. Now operated by Boulder County Parks and Open Space, Betasso Preserve features deer instead of cows.

The vigorous Canyon Loop Trail crosses ?owered ?elds, a lush streambed, a dense forest, and a meadow as it loops around the junction of Boulder and Fourmile canyons."

"The open meadows and forested ravines between Fourmile Canyon and Boulder Canyon make up Betasso Preserve. The Canyon Loop Trail wanders in and out of ravines that stretch toward the high plains-if Grandma's House were at trail's end, this would be a fairy-tale "through the woods" experience.

About half the trail wanders through Douglas fir on north-facing slopes; this forest is host to gorgeous wildflowers in spring. Must of the rest of the trail is shaded by the vanilla-scented ponderosa pine, which grow above a carpet of lush grass and flowers."

Canyon Loop Reviews

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Decent beginner trail with good views. However, there were way too many bikers. We had to stop every couple of minutes to let them pass. Per the posting, bikes are not allowed on Wednesdays and Saturday, so that might be your best bet if you want to hike in peace.

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Trail Information

Boulder County
Nearby City
For current conditions and more information, contact Boulder County, or (303) 678-6200
Local Contacts
Betasso Preserve brochure; Boulder County Parks and Open Space
Local Maps

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Sep 2018