Betasso Preserve

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Trail

6.7 Miles 10.8 Kilometers

 

93% 

Runnable

90%

Singletrack

848' 259 m

Ascent

-849' -259 m

Descent

6,582' 2,006 m

High

6,176' 1,883 m

Low

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

14%

Max Grade (8°)

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This run is easily accessible from Boulder and offers amazing singletrack with beautiful views.

Duncan Moore

Overview

To access, drive up Boulder Canyon turning right up Sugarloaf Road. Take your first right up Betasso Road. Once on Betasso Road you'll see parking for the trailhead on your left.
Features: Birding — Fall Colors — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Dogs: Leashed

Need to Know

Recommended use Wednesdays and Saturdays due to mountain bike closure. If you choose to run on a day that bikes are allowed, it is recommended to pay attention to the direction of bike traffic, which is posted and run against bike traffic. This makes visibility for both parties better. Always be courteous to everyone using the trail.

Runner Notes

This route features smooth, hard-packed dirt with occasional rocks and roots.

Description

The trailhead offers a bathroom, picnic area, and plenty of parking. Unfortunately there is no access to drinking water.

The Canyon Loop opens up to a fork in the road. The trail is one giant loop and either direction is appropriate for travel.

Canyon Loop Trail totals 3.3 miles and begins on the rim of the preserve. The first half of the trail quickly drops in altitude and the second half of the trail is spent gaining altitude. The trail is mainly comprised of singletrack and has numerous opportunities for amazing views. The trail is made up of compact dirt with some rocks and roots showing.

Near the half waypoint of the Canyon Loop, the Benjamin Trail Link intersects. This is 0.75 miles of singletrack that brings you directly to the Benjamin Loop. The Benjamin Loop is by far the best part of this run offering 2.4 miles of heavily forested singletrack. The trail has similar signage as the Canyon Loop dictating direction of travel for bicycles. The trail is comprised of a series of switchbacks that gradually climb up the rim and then descend into another series of switchbacks. The trail is hard compact dirt with a bridge feature.

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Apr 4, 2017
Patrick Lonergan
Apr 2, 2017
David Kinney
Great day out there, 62 and sunny 9.3mi — 1h 24m
Sep 25, 2016
Brian Saeger
3mi
Jun 11, 2016
Todd Straka
Some good time out on the trail — 1h 15m
Oct 26, 2015
Katie Dalsimer
Jun 6, 2015
Simon Pendleton
Fun run with Sarah C. and Cailey C.! 10mi — 1h 39m

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  4.2 from 12 votes

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All Clear 3 days ago
Dry - Dry, a couple small mud spots but quickly drying.
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