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."
--Steve Johnson & David Weinstein, Best Loop Hikes Colorado (The Mountaineers Books).
"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."
--Maureen Keilty , Best Hikes with Kids Colorado (The Mountaineers Books).
"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."
--Tracy Salcedo, 12 Short Hikes in the Boulder Foothills (Falcon Guides).
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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