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Shorthorn - Longhorn Loop

 4.0 (23)

6.0 Miles 9.6 Kilometers


84%

Runnable

1,248' 380 m

Ascent

-1,251' -381 m

Descent

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

30%

Max Grade (17°)

6,998' 2,133 m

High

6,146' 1,873 m

Low

Shared By Jeff Williams

Conditions


All Clear 8 days ago
Dry: Portion or Longhorn his bike only. https://www.jeffco.us/DocumentCenter/View/9387/White-Ranch-Park-Map History

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Great singletrack with some elevation in a beautiful natural setting.

Jeff Williams

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Overview

Great winding singletrack through the foothills outside of Golden. Views of Denver and Golden, with some climbing and speedy descents. Feels remote and generally quiet.

Need to Know

Mostly wooded, but some exposure in summer. Plentiful parking. Note that there are two parking areas for White Ranch, this starts at the lower one off of west 56th ave.

Runner Notes

This climbs the first section of Belcher Hill and has some semi-technical ups and downs, but is overall very runnable.

Description

Start out at the lower trailhead for White Ranch park in Golden and begin up Belcher Hill. The first section winds through a valley, crossing a short rocky area, leading up to the Belcher Hill climb about a mile up.

Follow Belcher hill on a rough washed out 4wd type road. Pass Whippletree on the right and continue up to Longhorn Trail on the right about 0.25 miles further up.

Take Longhorn to Shorthorn Trail. Stay left at shorthorn (if you want a shorter loop, stay right on Longhorn Trail then at the next intersection take a right onto Whippletree. This will cut off about 1.3 miles). This is really nice singletrack winding and climbing through the foothills. There are some rocky sections, but mostly the trail is manageable. Follow shorthorn for about a mile until it meets with Longhorn again. You'll take Longhorn to the right, heading down.

You've pretty much done most of the climbing for this section and head back down Longhorn Trail. As you get towards the bottom of Longhorn there will be one short, steep climb back up to Whippletree.

Head back on Whippletree to rejoin with the Belcher hill trail for the last mile back to the parking area.

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Aug 11, 2018
David Demmer
FYI, upper Longhorn is bike only. https://www.jeffco.us/DocumentCenter/View/9387/White-Ranch-Park-Map
Jan 28, 2018
Becky Campbell
Jan 27, 2018
Thomas Lindberg
Missed the turn onto Longhorn and had to backtrack. Snow made for an amazing setting. 7.2mi
Oct 12, 2017
Toko Morimoto
Sep 19, 2017
Danika Thayer
Hilly, but really pretty 6mi
Aug 8, 2017
Toko Morimoto
Jul 16, 2017
Rob Pressly
Jun 27, 2017
Mike Aparicio
5.8mi

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  4.0 from 23 votes

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Lee Shaver
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Lee Shaver   Denver, CO
There was a fair amount of traffic for a rainy day -- lots of mountain bikers. Jul 29, 2017

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