South Fork of Horseshoe to Mahogany
ElevationAscent: 1,589' 484 m
Descent: -1,810' -552 m
High: 7,873' 2,400 m
Low: 6,257' 1,907 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)
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“A great climb into the Big Holes followed by sweeping views and fast descending.”— Jake Hawkes
Electric Mountain Bikes Unknown
South Fork Horseshoe Canyon is full of nice climbs with short downhill sections for the first half then it takes a big turn in steepness that will test you. The trail does flow well and has had a lot of attention as far as trail work and reroutes the last couple of years.
The downhill on Mahogany is FUN. It begins with tight switchbacks which are all smooth thanks to rerouting done a few years ago. You'll encounter a few rocks along the way and a few steep turns to keep you honest. There is only one climb on the downhill up along the side of the creek.
Drawback is the car shuttle involved or long road ride back to trailhead.
Need to Know
This leads you to the reward of the climb. Mahogany Creek takes you down switchbacks and along the creak bottom. Watch for horses or motorcycles. The end of the trail requires riding in Mahogany creek to reach the parking lot. Now you're back at your car, shuttle or prepare for a long road ride back to the starting point.