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blue Shorthorn - Longhorn Loop

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6.8 mile 11.0 kilometer loop
Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,175' 358 m
Descent: -1,177' -359 m
High: 6,998' 2,133 m
Low: 6,158' 1,877 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 32% (18°)

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Great singletrack with some elevation in a beautiful natural setting.

Jeff Williams

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The section north/northwest of Whippletree on Longhorn Trail is BIKES ONLY.

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.

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.

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 0.25 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. Longhorn can no longer be accessed to the right, heading down, as this is now BIKES ONLY.

From this junction, head back the way you came, only this time, head left 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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Mar 16, 2019
Patrick Csongei
attempted the entire route described here but the Shorthorn trail was deep snow with no established trench and I didn't have snowshoes so I had to… 4.7mi — 1h 40m
Mar 9, 2019
Alethea Chiappone
5mi
Nov 2, 2018
Cynthia B.
Oct 6, 2018
Mason LeGrange
Jul 29, 2018
Ross Therrien
May 22, 2018
Brian K
May 10, 2018
Brian Rempel
Had an encounter with a rattlesnake on the Whipple 7.1mi
Feb 25, 2018
Daylene York
6mi

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  4.0 from 28 votes

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