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Longhorn Trail

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Trail

3.0 mile 4.9 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
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Elevation

Ascent: 626' 191 m
Descent: -1,164' -355 m
High: 7,438' 2,267 m
Low: 6,338' 1,932 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 11% (6°)
Max Grade: 32% (18°)

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Steep, strenuous and sun exposed.

Matt Thoele

Electric Mountain Bikes Not Allowed

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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.

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Apr 26, 2020
Alex Balister
Did Belcher to Maverick to Long Horn descent to Whippletree
Oct 6, 2019
Matt Heffren
Lots of tech and uphill 8.3mi — 2h 00m
Sep 29, 2019
Jim Turner
Sep 21, 2019
Tim Rykken
Aug 19, 2019
Patrick Burns
Certainly evolving like a DH track now. Needs moisture.
Jul 26, 2019
Patrick Burns
It's gotten toothier with the DH only traffic, but still a banger of bangers. It's got low speed and it's got highspeed, and it steep as hell.
Jul 9, 2019
Luke Perkerwicz
Jul 3, 2019
Trevor Blume
Fun downhill so fucked uphill

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  4.5 from 96 votes

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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
Haulin' down upper Longhorn
Jan 5, 2019 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
Fun descents are to be had on the upper portion of Long Horn.
Jun 24, 2016 near Golden, CO
The last downhill section of Longhorn, before you cross the creek.
Jun 25, 2017 near Golden, CO

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