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Shorthorn - Longhorn Loop

 19 votes

6.0 Miles 9.6 Kilometers

 

84% 

Runnable

95%

Singletrack

1,248' 380 m

Ascent

-1,251' -381 m

Descent

6,998' 2,133 m

High

6,146' 1,873 m

Low

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

30%

Max Grade (17°)

All Clear

3 days agoUpdate

Great singletrack with some elevation in a beautiful natural setting.

Jeff Williams

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.
Features: Fall Colors — Views — Wildlife
Dogs: Leashed

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 .25 miles further up.

Take Longhorn to Shorthorn Trail. Stay left at shorthorn. 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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Oct 12, 2017
Toko Morimoto
Sep 19, 2017
Danika Thayer
Hilly, but really pretty 6mi
Aug 8, 2017
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Jul 16, 2017
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Jun 27, 2017
Mike Aparicio
5.8mi
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Beware the poison ivy!!! 6.7mi
May 24, 2017
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Apr 22, 2017
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  4.1 from 19 votes

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Conditions


All Clear 3 days ago
Very dry; just a couple small icy spots, some hidden under a thin layer of dust.
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Lee Shaver
Denver, CO
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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