Longhorn Trail

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  4.3 from 10 votes
black  Difficult from 9 votes
Rank: #2 in the White Ranch area
#88 in CO, #512 Overall
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Jun 17 Green
Trail in the area near Golden,
“Steep, strenuous and sun exposed.”
Matt Thoele on Jun 8, 2013
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3.04.8 milesKilometers 646’197 m Ascent 7,471’2,277 m High 12% Avg Grade (7°)
Singletrack Type -1,223’-373 m Descent 6,322’1,927 m Low 27% Max Grade (15°)
This trail has some great technical features. The Shorthorn Trail cutoff is recommended as it has some great, fast technical sections. If you stay on Longhorn instead of the cutoff, it's very steep. It reminds me of biking down a steep water slide.

The part between Maverick and Shorthorn Trail is very fun. It's fast, with a lot of roots and rock drops with good corners. The final stretch between Shorthorn and Belcher hill has a couple of short steep climbs and then one last loose rocky descent with a couple of switchbacks.

There are some amazing views of the Colorado front range.
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PHOTOS of Longhorn Trail
  5.0 from 3 votes
Fun descents are to be had on the upper portion of Long Horn. (Golden, CO)
  5.0 from 3 votes
The climb up Belcher can be rough; but the views up top are oh so worth it (Golden, CO)
  3.5 from 2 votes
Viewpoint from the trail. (Golden, CO)
  2.0 from 2 votes
Nice meadow on a rare easy section of Longhorn Trail (Golden, CO)
  2.0 from 2 votes
Big views of the front range. (Golden, CO)