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.
Features: Fall Colors — Views — Wildlife
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.
This climbs the first section of Belcher Hill
and has some semi-technical ups and downs, but is overall very runnable.
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.