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Shorthorn - Longhorn Loop

Intermediate
 4.0 (34) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Great singletrack with some elevation in a beautiful natural setting.


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6.8

Miles

11.0

KM

Lollipop

6,998' 2,133 m

High

6,158' 1,877 m

Low

1,175' 358 m

Up

1,177' 359 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

32%

Max Grade (18°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Fall Colors · Views · Wildlife

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.

Contacts

Shared By:

Jeff Williams with improvements by Val Schwebach

Trail Ratings

  4.0 from 34 votes

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  4.0 from 34 votes
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Photos

Looking north
Mar 27, 2019 near Golden, CO
First mile of the trail
Mar 27, 2019 near Golden, CO
The start of the shady part of the trail.
Aug 5, 2017 near Golden, CO
Shorthorn off of the Belcher Trail
Apr 30, 2015 near Golden, CO
Denver and Golden in the background on Shorthorn Trail.
Nov 24, 2015 near Golden, CO
More rocks on Shorthorn!
Nov 9, 2015 near Golden, CO

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Sep 17, 2022
Kim W
All clear and dry 2mi
Sep 5, 2022
Daniel Anderson
Jun 19, 2022
Tarita Fisher Boersma
Lollipop 4.8mi — 1h 51m
Apr 17, 2022
Matt Culpepper
Lollipop from East TH (4.8/800) 4.8mi — 3h 15m
Jan 23, 2022
Alicia Tom
6.8mi — 2h 30m
Sep 4, 2021
Chris Arotin
May 23, 2020
Michelle Williams
Great hike to start off the season with! Moderate with good views and some shade at the top. 7mi — 2h 30m
Apr 25, 2020
I M
dry, decent number of people but not crowded, nice views