Betasso Perserve - Trail, Boulder, Colorado

Betasso Perserve - Trail, Boulder, Colorado

DESCRIPTION

A nice trail for training. You can do quite a few laps on it. Some parts are fairly technical. A lot of hair pin turns

USER REVIEWS

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[Aug 31, 2011]
dclair
Cross Country Rider

Note that with the new Benjamin Trail loop you can now ride 7 miles at Betasso. Benjamin Trail right now is a great cruising single track with no rocks and smooth trail. Easier than the original Canyon Loop. For the hardy, ride from town up the Connector/Link trail off of Boulder Canyon just east of the road tunnel.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[May 25, 2011]
slomak
Cross Country Rider

Brief review of the new Benjamin Loop. First, kudos to all the volunteers for all the hard work to see this to fruition! This trail branches of the existing Betasso loop about a third to half way around, and is very well marked. The beginning portion is TWO WAY traffic, so keep the jets on idle (it's only for maybe a mile). The one way loop is somewhat similar to the existing loop you just came off . Slightly longer than existing Betasso loop (20-30 minutes out around and back, depending on level). Rolling, fairly void of obstacles and fast. The fast part is worth a note. If you are cranking, pay attention, as the trail is fairly narrow (inside and out). If you're a serious racer, give the weekend warriors a chance to find a reasonable spot to pull over. Likewise, if you're holding someone up, please let them by when you can./ Overall, very fun, very fast, relatively easy physically and technically. Side note: If unfamiliar with the ride overall from Boulder, take the Link trail (off of Canyon) and don't be discouraged by the first 1/2 mile (if you can ride that part with no stopping you are a stud-or studette!) . It gradually gets easier up to the Betasso Loop.

Similar Products Used:

Walker/White Ranch/W.Mag./Sourdough/Heil/Hall

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jan 20, 2011]
skipole
Cross Country Rider

It's a stellar 2 hr ride from town, maybe 1 mi. of gravel bike trail and 1 mile of road and then a very technical skull head climb (maybe 800 ft rise), only crazed locals will clean it. Then an additional 3 or so miles of fun super fast flowy single track. Additional 4 mi. of flowy single track opening in spring! Return is full throttle! Its really! the only decent option to mt bike from town, which is human rights violations! Boulder's a platinum rated bike city, but for mtn biking its been aggressively denied. Someday Boulder will come to its senses.

Similar Products Used:

Sourdough, St. Vrain, West Mag but they're 45 min drives

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Nov 30, 2010]
easymzm
Cross Country Rider

A nice loop that is close to Boulder. It is comprised of mostly singletrack with some fire roads thrown in. Although it is acceptable as a beginner trail it still offers plenty of fun for the more experienced rider.

Customer Service

You can either drive to the parking lot and ride from there or you can ride up canyon and take a right before the tunnel and head up the very steep and loose single track. I prefer to do the loop clockwise but both directions are fun.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
[Jul 31, 2009]
bfelper
Weekend Warrior

Ez trail for anyone with a few rides under there belt. Does not require full suspension

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Apr 22, 2008]
Denver Rider
Weekend Warrior

The directions above on how to get to the trailhead are incorrect. You drive west up Boulder Canyon, make a right on Sugarloaf road, then another right onto Betasso Preserve road, and the trail head and parking are on the left.

It's a pretty cool place to go ride if you're in Boulder or close by. I wouldn't go far out of my way to get there though.

Customer Service

Whatever direction the signs tell you to go.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
[Aug 08, 2007]
LeiK
Cross Country Rider

A good, fun ride to do after work or as a training ride - you can do multiple loops. Not difficult at all, not bad for beginners for the most part. A ride with some nice singletrack and can offer a nice workout if done a few times - all close to Boulder. Watch for hikers and occasional trail runners.

Customer Service

Either ride up the canyon, take a right at Sugerloaf road till you get to Betasso Road, trail starts nearby... or drive up to Betasso Rd. Ride the direction the trailhead indicates as it changes from time to time.

Similar Products Used:

Switzerland; Heil Valley Ranch; Sourdough

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 01, 2007]
bedell99
Weekend Warrior

This trail is so much fun. Its not really technical, but it has great scenary. You can do multiple loops. I like when it is run CCW. It is not for begineers, but it is an internediate trail and can bite you if you don't pay attention.

Customer Service

It changes direction every month. Can'r ride on Wednesday or Saturdays.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[May 13, 2007]
daniela n mike
Downhiller

We are begginers and have been mountain biking since last year. This trail is perfect for newbies and to build endurance without getting discouraged. It starts out with a great downhill and excellent scenery. Then it starts uphill until about the end, where you get rewarded with a another little downslope. The trail is not very long, again another reason why we would recommend it for new riders.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
[Aug 13, 2006]
arnolda14
Cross Country Rider

This ride is often recommended as a good place to take first-timers but I disagree. It's certainly not a difficult or technical ride, but it can be a little intimidating for a first mtn ride. Some of the descents are a little rocky and loose and much of the trail has steep exposures. Conversely, intermediate and advanced riders looking for adrenaline are going to be bored here. Don't get me wrong - it's a great, easy ride, but there are better places to take people to get them excited about mtn. biking. This is a good ride if you want something close to Boulder that's not too technical or if you're a beginner who is ready for something more challenging than a rollypolly.

Customer Service

Clockwise from the trail head.

Similar Products Used:

Much better beginner trails in the Nederland area would be West Magnolia and Mud Lake, though West Magnolia is a little sandy. If you're closer to the Conifer area, then Flying J Ranch, Lair O'the Bear or Meyer's Ranch are really excellent beginner tracks.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
1
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