Canyon Loop

Boulder County, Colorado

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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.
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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.
Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Road Biking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Boulder County
Distance: 3.2
Elevation Gain: 639 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 6,490 feet
Top Elevation: 6,598 feet
Accessibility: Kid-friendly
Driving Directions: Directions to Canyon Loop
Elevation Min/Max: 6322/6598 ft
Elevation Start/End: 6490/6490 ft

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."

Recent Trail Reviews

4/16/2018
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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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May 2018