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Longhorn Trail

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 4.5 (126)

Steep, strenuous and sun exposed.


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Map Key

3.0

Miles

4.9

KM

Singletrack

7,438' 2,267 m

High

6,338' 1,932 m

Low

626' 191 m

Up

1,164' 355 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

32%

Max Grade (18°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Allowed

Features -none-

One Way Only: This is designated as a directional trail.

Description

This trail has some great technical features.

The portion of Longhorn Trail (0.9 miles) between Shorthorn Trail and Whippletree Trail is now designated single direction (west to east/downhill) only, mountain bike only. This section is steep and raw. Very fun for intermediate to advanced riders.

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.

Most people exit on Whippletree Trail but for a few extra feet of climbing you can catch a fast decent down Belcher Hill.

There are some amazing views of the Colorado front range.

Contacts

Shared By:

Matt Thoele with improvements by Mike Weingand and 1 other

Trail Ratings

  4.5 from 126 votes

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  4.5 from 126 votes
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#12

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Photos

#followcamfriday on the Front Range's best descent with Dee Tidwell. Maverick to Longhorn.
Apr 28, 2017 near Golden, CO
Just a couple of Spot Bros cruising down the techy stuff
Jan 5, 2019 near Golden, CO
The last downhill section of Longhorn, before you cross the creek.
Jun 25, 2017 near Golden, CO
Longhorn's famous 'canyon drop'
Sep 22, 2017 near Golden, CO
Don't skip the top section of Longhorn. There are plenty of fun features to be played on!
Feb 18, 2017 near Golden, CO
Haulin' down upper Longhorn
Jan 5, 2019 near Golden, CO

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Sep 20, 2022
Patrick Burns
So good. Even when you aren't feeling 100% and you have to back things off a hair, it's still the best dh run around.
Aug 27, 2022
Cody Teliczan
Apr 14, 2022
Cody Teliczan
Oct 30, 2021
Brian K
Oct 8, 2021
Reed Harrington
Jul 24, 2021
Tim Young
Loved that there's a bike only section. Steep with some technical features. The last one got in my head but I got it
Jul 12, 2021
Jeff York
May 8, 2021
Austin Imig
Downhill only with big drops