8.8 miles
Distance
2,013 ft
Climb
-2,018 ft
Descent
1 mile
High Point

This is a lollipop loop but skips the last climb on Longhorn coming up from the creek. Tough climb.

Detailed Description
Belcher to the Top is a 9 mile moderately popular expert route located near Golden Colorado. This mountain bike only route can be used both directions and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 21 trails. This route climbs 2,013 ft with a max elevation of 7,879 ft then descends -2,018 ft.
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81 Reviews & Comments

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boatshredder (Jul 2, 2021 at 21:50)
Trail Belcher Hill
Fun
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boatshredder (Jul 2, 2021 at 21:50)
Trail Belcher Hill
Fun
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boatshredder (Jul 2, 2021 at 21:50)
Trail Belcher Hill
Fun
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boatshredder (Jul 2, 2021 at 21:50)
Trail Belcher Hill
Fun
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boatshredder (Jul 2, 2021 at 21:50)
Trail Belcher Hill
Fun
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boatshredder (Jul 2, 2021 at 21:50)
Trail Belcher Hill
Fun
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boatshredder (Jul 2, 2021 at 21:50)
Trail Belcher Hill
Fun
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boatshredder (Jul 2, 2021 at 21:50)
Trail Belcher Hill
Fun
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boatshredder (Jul 2, 2021 at 21:50)
Trail Belcher Hill
Fun
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andy-legrunge (Oct 19, 2020 at 8:20)
Trail Belcher Hill
This segment is way more fun than Belcher south of Sawmill. Actual singletrack with some great technical climbing.
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andy-legrunge (Oct 19, 2020 at 8:20)
Trail Belcher Hill
This segment is way more fun than Belcher south of Sawmill. Actual singletrack with some great technical climbing.
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andy-legrunge (Oct 19, 2020 at 8:20)
Trail Belcher Hill
This segment is way more fun than Belcher south of Sawmill. Actual singletrack with some great technical climbing.
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andy-legrunge (Oct 19, 2020 at 8:19)
Trail Belcher Hill
I don't think it's all that technical for the most part, except a few short sections. Mostly just steep, loose, and emotionally draining, though entirely rideable. Worth it to access better trails higher up, and the views are nice. Can be super busy with hikers and families esp down low.
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andy-legrunge (Oct 19, 2020 at 8:19)
Trail Belcher Hill
I don't think it's all that technical for the most part, except a few short sections. Mostly just steep, loose, and emotionally draining, though entirely rideable. Worth it to access better trails higher up, and the views are nice. Can be super busy with hikers and families esp down low.
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andy-legrunge (Oct 19, 2020 at 8:19)
Trail Belcher Hill
I don't think it's all that technical for the most part, except a few short sections. Mostly just steep, loose, and emotionally draining, though entirely rideable. Worth it to access better trails higher up, and the views are nice. Can be super busy with hikers and families esp down low.
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andy-legrunge (Oct 19, 2020 at 8:19)
Trail Belcher Hill
I don't think it's all that technical for the most part, except a few short sections. Mostly just steep, loose, and emotionally draining, though entirely rideable. Worth it to access better trails higher up, and the views are nice. Can be super busy with hikers and families esp down low.
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andy-legrunge (Oct 19, 2020 at 8:19)
Trail Belcher Hill
I don't think it's all that technical for the most part, except a few short sections. Mostly just steep, loose, and emotionally draining, though entirely rideable. Worth it to access better trails higher up, and the views are nice. Can be super busy with hikers and families esp down low.
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andy-legrunge (Oct 19, 2020 at 8:19)
Trail Belcher Hill
I don't think it's all that technical for the most part, except a few short sections. Mostly just steep, loose, and emotionally draining, though entirely rideable. Worth it to access better trails higher up, and the views are nice. Can be super busy with hikers and families esp down low.
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andy-legrunge (Oct 19, 2020 at 8:19)
Trail Belcher Hill
I don't think it's all that technical for the most part, except a few short sections. Mostly just steep, loose, and emotionally draining, though entirely rideable. Worth it to access better trails higher up, and the views are nice. Can be super busy with hikers and families esp down low.
[Reply]
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andy-legrunge (Oct 19, 2020 at 8:19)
Trail Belcher Hill
I don't think it's all that technical for the most part, except a few short sections. Mostly just steep, loose, and emotionally draining, though entirely rideable. Worth it to access better trails higher up, and the views are nice. Can be super busy with hikers and families esp down low.
[Reply]
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andy-legrunge (Oct 19, 2020 at 8:19)
Trail Belcher Hill
I don't think it's all that technical for the most part, except a few short sections. Mostly just steep, loose, and emotionally draining, though entirely rideable. Worth it to access better trails higher up, and the views are nice. Can be super busy with hikers and families esp down low.
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Jrlieber (Jul 27, 2020 at 20:05)
Trail Belcher Hill
Very steep bordering on too hard to ride, esp nonstop. 1300 feet in 3 miles.
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Jrlieber (Jul 27, 2020 at 20:05)
Trail Belcher Hill
Very steep bordering on too hard to ride, esp nonstop. 1300 feet in 3 miles.
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Jrlieber (Jul 27, 2020 at 20:05)
Trail Belcher Hill
Very steep bordering on too hard to ride, esp nonstop. 1300 feet in 3 miles.
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Jrlieber (Jul 27, 2020 at 20:05)
Trail Belcher Hill
Very steep bordering on too hard to ride, esp nonstop. 1300 feet in 3 miles.
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Jrlieber (Jul 27, 2020 at 20:05)
Trail Belcher Hill
Very steep bordering on too hard to ride, esp nonstop. 1300 feet in 3 miles.
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Jrlieber (Jul 27, 2020 at 20:05)
Trail Belcher Hill
Very steep bordering on too hard to ride, esp nonstop. 1300 feet in 3 miles.
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Jrlieber (Jul 27, 2020 at 20:05)
Trail Belcher Hill
Very steep bordering on too hard to ride, esp nonstop. 1300 feet in 3 miles.
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Jrlieber (Jul 27, 2020 at 20:05)
Trail Belcher Hill
Very steep bordering on too hard to ride, esp nonstop. 1300 feet in 3 miles.
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Jrlieber (Jul 27, 2020 at 20:05)
Trail Belcher Hill
Very steep bordering on too hard to ride, esp nonstop. 1300 feet in 3 miles.
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AlexanderCR (Jul 10, 2020 at 16:29)
Trail Whippletree
Whip fast, fun and flowy with very small drops and rocks. This trail is a great way to finish off a ride, after blasting down Longhorn Tr. It has nice, banked turns, which add to the flow and allow you to torch down the hill at top speed. I would highly recommend this trail- it is a nice way to link Longhorn back up to Belcher Hill.
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AlexanderCR (Jul 10, 2020 at 16:08)
Trail Belcher Hill
A steep, technical grind up to a summit with neat views of Golden and Boulder. This trail is highly technical, and very steep in places. I would not recommend descending it, as there are no berms or other features except baby head rocks and boulders. All you will be doing is braking. Still, this trail is a great connector to Mustang Trail and Maverick Trail from the lower parking lot. You are good technical climber if you can clean it, and a XC God if you can do it without stopping for water.
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AlexanderCR (Jul 10, 2020 at 16:08)
Trail Belcher Hill
A steep, technical grind up to a summit with neat views of Golden and Boulder. This trail is highly technical, and very steep in places. I would not recommend descending it, as there are no berms or other features except baby head rocks and boulders. All you will be doing is braking. Still, this trail is a great connector to Mustang Trail and Maverick Trail from the lower parking lot. You are good technical climber if you can clean it, and a XC God if you can do it without stopping for water.
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AlexanderCR (Jul 10, 2020 at 16:08)
Trail Belcher Hill
A steep, technical grind up to a summit with neat views of Golden and Boulder. This trail is highly technical, and very steep in places. I would not recommend descending it, as there are no berms or other features except baby head rocks and boulders. All you will be doing is braking. Still, this trail is a great connector to Mustang Trail and Maverick Trail from the lower parking lot. You are good technical climber if you can clean it, and a XC God if you can do it without stopping for water.
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AlexanderCR (Jul 10, 2020 at 16:08)
Trail Belcher Hill
A steep, technical grind up to a summit with neat views of Golden and Boulder. This trail is highly technical, and very steep in places. I would not recommend descending it, as there are no berms or other features except baby head rocks and boulders. All you will be doing is braking. Still, this trail is a great connector to Mustang Trail and Maverick Trail from the lower parking lot. You are good technical climber if you can clean it, and a XC God if you can do it without stopping for water.
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AlexanderCR (Jul 10, 2020 at 16:08)
Trail Belcher Hill
A steep, technical grind up to a summit with neat views of Golden and Boulder. This trail is highly technical, and very steep in places. I would not recommend descending it, as there are no berms or other features except baby head rocks and boulders. All you will be doing is braking. Still, this trail is a great connector to Mustang Trail and Maverick Trail from the lower parking lot. You are good technical climber if you can clean it, and a XC God if you can do it without stopping for water.
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AlexanderCR (Jul 10, 2020 at 16:08)
Trail Belcher Hill
A steep, technical grind up to a summit with neat views of Golden and Boulder. This trail is highly technical, and very steep in places. I would not recommend descending it, as there are no berms or other features except baby head rocks and boulders. All you will be doing is braking. Still, this trail is a great connector to Mustang Trail and Maverick Trail from the lower parking lot. You are good technical climber if you can clean it, and a XC God if you can do it without stopping for water.
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AlexanderCR (Jul 10, 2020 at 16:08)
Trail Belcher Hill
A steep, technical grind up to a summit with neat views of Golden and Boulder. This trail is highly technical, and very steep in places. I would not recommend descending it, as there are no berms or other features except baby head rocks and boulders. All you will be doing is braking. Still, this trail is a great connector to Mustang Trail and Maverick Trail from the lower parking lot. You are good technical climber if you can clean it, and a XC God if you can do it without stopping for water.
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AlexanderCR (Jul 10, 2020 at 16:08)
Trail Belcher Hill
A steep, technical grind up to a summit with neat views of Golden and Boulder. This trail is highly technical, and very steep in places. I would not recommend descending it, as there are no berms or other features except baby head rocks and boulders. All you will be doing is braking. Still, this trail is a great connector to Mustang Trail and Maverick Trail from the lower parking lot. You are good technical climber if you can clean it, and a XC God if you can do it without stopping for water.
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AlexanderCR (Jul 10, 2020 at 16:08)
Trail Belcher Hill
A steep, technical grind up to a summit with neat views of Golden and Boulder. This trail is highly technical, and very steep in places. I would not recommend descending it, as there are no berms or other features except baby head rocks and boulders. All you will be doing is braking. Still, this trail is a great connector to Mustang Trail and Maverick Trail from the lower parking lot. You are good technical climber if you can clean it, and a XC God if you can do it without stopping for water.
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JimmyHick (May 21, 2020 at 11:47)
Trail Rawhide
Nice downhills with tight turns & very wide road.
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Seffdog94 (Oct 7, 2019 at 12:50)
Trail Longhorn
Trail descriptions: Steep, rocky, medium to high consequence, technical. Would not recommend riding up. If you don't have mountain bike skills do not ride. Started from top and climb up was difficult.
Have fun!
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Seffdog94 (Oct 7, 2019 at 12:50)
Trail Longhorn
Trail descriptions: Steep, rocky, medium to high consequence, technical. Would not recommend riding up. If you don't have mountain bike skills do not ride. Started from top and climb up was difficult.
Have fun!
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Seffdog94 (Oct 7, 2019 at 12:50)
Trail Longhorn
Trail descriptions: Steep, rocky, medium to high consequence, technical. Would not recommend riding up. If you don't have mountain bike skills do not ride. Started from top and climb up was difficult.
Have fun!
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Seffdog94 (Oct 7, 2019 at 12:50)
Trail Longhorn
Trail descriptions: Steep, rocky, medium to high consequence, technical. Would not recommend riding up. If you don't have mountain bike skills do not ride. Started from top and climb up was difficult.
Have fun!
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COmoose (Jun 13, 2018 at 14:45)
Trail Longhorn
Hoping that since Longhorn will now be bike-only, directional it does not attract trail-building attention - it's already SO perfect!
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COmoose (Jun 13, 2018 at 14:45)
Trail Longhorn
Hoping that since Longhorn will now be bike-only, directional it does not attract trail-building attention - it's already SO perfect!
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COmoose (Jun 13, 2018 at 14:45)
Trail Longhorn
Hoping that since Longhorn will now be bike-only, directional it does not attract trail-building attention - it's already SO perfect!
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COmoose (Jun 13, 2018 at 14:45)
Trail Longhorn
Hoping that since Longhorn will now be bike-only, directional it does not attract trail-building attention - it's already SO perfect!
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ironhorsebike1 (Sep 6, 2017 at 9:23)
Trail Longhorn
I have been riding Front Range for 20 years. This is the best trail within 75 miles for steep, fast, technical DESCENDING. Climb Belcher Hill trail to beging descending on Maverick. Ride the rest down Longhorn.
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ironhorsebike1 (Sep 6, 2017 at 9:23)
Trail Longhorn
I have been riding Front Range for 20 years. This is the best trail within 75 miles for steep, fast, technical DESCENDING. Climb Belcher Hill trail to beging descending on Maverick. Ride the rest down Longhorn.
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ironhorsebike1 (Sep 6, 2017 at 9:23)
Trail Longhorn
I have been riding Front Range for 20 years. This is the best trail within 75 miles for steep, fast, technical DESCENDING. Climb Belcher Hill trail to beging descending on Maverick. Ride the rest down Longhorn.
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ironhorsebike1 (Sep 6, 2017 at 9:23)
Trail Longhorn
I have been riding Front Range for 20 years. This is the best trail within 75 miles for steep, fast, technical DESCENDING. Climb Belcher Hill trail to beging descending on Maverick. Ride the rest down Longhorn.
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rhamman (Jul 28, 2017 at 11:31)
Trail Longhorn
Fun trail! Fast single track with lots of small drops. Don't ride up this trail, you'll be walking your bike a lot.
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rhamman (Jul 28, 2017 at 11:31)
Trail Longhorn
Fun trail! Fast single track with lots of small drops. Don't ride up this trail, you'll be walking your bike a lot.
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rhamman (Jul 28, 2017 at 11:31)
Trail Longhorn
Fun trail! Fast single track with lots of small drops. Don't ride up this trail, you'll be walking your bike a lot.
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rhamman (Jul 28, 2017 at 11:31)
Trail Longhorn
Fun trail! Fast single track with lots of small drops. Don't ride up this trail, you'll be walking your bike a lot.
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More Stats for Belcher to the Top mountain bike route
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