Betasso Preserve For Mountain Biking

The 95th most popular mountain bike trail in Colorado.

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West of Boulder, the Betasso Preserve has the Canyon Loop Trail which is open to mountain bike riding. The actual mileage of trail riding on this lollypop-style loop is pretty short, maybe 3.5 miles overall. It seems like uphill the whole way at times. Coming from Boulder, the trail starts on Boulder Canyon Road and heads steeply up a mile on a very loose rocky route. For many, this is both a challenging uphill and a challenging downhill (maybe a hike-a-bike both ways!). The top section of this climb is alittle better than the lower section. Once at the top, this access trail intersects the loop portion of the trail. If you go counterclockwise, it has a very quick downhill, and then it just seems to climb for 90 percent of the loop. Its not very satisfying.

To reach the trail from downtown Boulder, head west on the Boulder Creek pathway into Boulder Canyon. Continue west on the pathway to its end. Continue on the road for about 0.75 miles to the trailhead parking area on the righthand side just before the tunnel.

Overall, Betasso Preserve is the 95th most popular mountain bike trail of all 178 mountain biking rides in Colorado. Several of the better mountain bike trails are nearby Betasso Preserve including Heil Valley Ranch, Hall Ranch, Walker Ranch Loop, West Magnolia, South Sourdough Trail and North Sourdough Trail / Wapiti TrailBuchanan Pass Trail.

Betasso Preserve near Boulder (CO/US)

Betasso Preserve near Boulder (CO/US)

Betasso Preserve near Boulder (CO/US)

Betasso Preserve near Boulder (CO/US)

Betasso Preserve Mountain Biking Map



Local Contact(s):  CO Visitors (800) COLORADO.

Recommended Book:  "Mountain Bikers Guide To Colorado" from Dan Hickstein

Recommended Map:  "Boulder Trail Map" from Ken Schulte

Best Season:  Apr - Nov.

Average Difficulty:  Difficult

Base Camp:  NFS Peaceful Valley near Lyons

Luxury Loding:  Boulderado Hotel

Breakfast Restaurant:  Foolish Craigs, Boulder; Snooze Eatery, Boulder

Reference Source:  click here

GPS:  40.0073, -105.33311

Date Published:  12/29/2015

Date Updated:  7/1/2016

ID:  17208

Betasso Preserve Mountain Biking Map


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