1.0 mile
134 ft
-634 ft
Avg time

Middle Longhorn Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
  • Riding Area
    White Ranch Park
    Golden, Colorado
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Black Diamond (7 votes)
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
    DH, AM, XC
  • Direction
    Downhill Only
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  • Physical Rating
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Dogs Allowed
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Drop, Rock Garden
  • Global Ranking
    #1183 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    90 in Mountain Biking

If you were to ride one trail in the front range, this should be it. It has drops, steep technical sections, and fast bermy corners. Most bike traffic goes down longhorn . Some bikers prefer to get to the top of longhorn via Belcher. This section of Longhorn is now a directional, downhill only, mountain bike only trail.

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Middle Longhorn mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -499 ft
  • Altitude min
    6,320 ft
  • Altitude max
    6,954 ft
  • Altitude start
    6,954 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,457 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    1,240 ft
  • Distance down
    3,986 ft
  • Distance flat
    125 ft
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on Jun 7, 2022
Avg: 4.55 (13 votes)
Your vote: 0

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  • Icy
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  • Very Dry
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      Middle Longhorn Trail Reports

      Jun 7, 2022 @ 5:12pm
      Jun 7, 2022
      Dusty for the most part but in some of the lower shaded switchbacks there was standing water
      May 24, 2022 @ 3:31pm
      May 24, 2022
      May 7, 2022 @ 8:11am
      May 7, 2022
      Apr 24, 2022 @ 7:39am
      Apr 24, 2022
      Apr 22, 2022 @ 1:34pm
      Apr 22, 2022
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 65 rides
      • 10 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 1,061 rides
      • 10 miles avg distance
      • 7,187 rides


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      May 14, 2021 @ 7:02pm
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      10 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      WillieB (Jun 12, 2019 at 6:35)
       Brutal trail that mostly consists of "steep flow mank" (as my buddy described it). This is only a "great trail" if you live in the front range and are subjected to hellishly steep, rocky, and poorly built trails all the time. But still...its about as good as that Front Range trail genre can be.
      • + 1
      Elliot252003 (Aug 6, 2019 at 8:28)
       Go ride this trail. And ride it fast. All of the dirt drops with wooden ledges are insane amounts of fun if you hit them at speed. Add to that some awesome natural rock features and you have an amazing trail.
      • + 1
      AlexanderCR (Jul 10, 2020 at 16:24)
       Much more technical than the upper portion of Longhorn. The wooden drops are so much fun to bomb down, and the rock chutes are amazing- super steep and rough with an abundance of traction. This is only a bad trail if you dislike steep and rocky terrain, or if you are riding above your skill level.
      This portion is bikes only, downhill only, meaning you can throw caution to the wind and let go of your brakes around blind turns. The banked turns do a great job of helping you maintain speed- whoever built this trail knew what they were doing.
      • + 0
      Jrlieber (Jul 27, 2020 at 20:03)
       This is very technical with lots of drops. Not flowy. Be forewarned. It that’s your thing you’ll love it. Not for a xc bike tho.
      • + 0
      Mountainviolinist (Aug 23, 2020 at 11:22)
       Just rode this for the first time today and yes there are a lot of waterbar drops but still pretty sweet. The only spot where I pulled up short was a short steep section that caught by surprise as it’s right after a curve. You see it for the first time and are kinda like “yeah, definite OTB/injury potential.” If I knew it was there and managed the turn correctly I’d stay high right and I think that’d be alright. Recently volunteers constructed a new trail emerging at the end of middle Longhorn. Thank you!!!
      • + 0
      hartdds (May 15, 2021 at 14:03)
       A bitchy-good trail whose rocky nature demands full commitment. Perhaps some of the best technical in the Front Range. If you don’t trust yourself or your bike 100%, stay away lest you risk almost certain injury.
      • + 3
      mrbliu (Jul 30, 2021 at 8:50)
       COMBA has been adding some questionable features to lower Longhorn. Speed bumps right before turns and unnecessary berms. From an accessibility standpoint it makes sense, however they're effectively making this trail softer. If novice riders find this trail too hard to ride, keep riding until you have built up the confidence for it, don't alter the trail so it's easier and ruin it for everyone else.
      • + 0
      hi-dr-nick Reporter (Nov 22, 2021 at 20:08)
       As rad as this trail is I agree a bit with the comment above. When I rode this trail years ago before the DH designation it was most definitely gnarlier.
      • + 1
      Synthe (May 23, 2022 at 18:19)
       Holy crap this trail is gnarly. Most features require complete commitment though nothing is huge- 2ft drop onto very steep rock. This is a must ride but do not underestimate the difficulty if you are an intermediate rider as you will quickly get in over your head and there are 2-3 features that require proper setup and commitment with little room for error - these caught me off guard so stay sharp!
      • + 0
      lblackwell (May 31, 2022 at 14:40)
       Good trail but very technical and not for XC bikes. Uphill is very steep


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