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    Longhorn and Shorthorn Hike

    Difficulty
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    Moderate
    Duration
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    2-2.5h
    Distance
    This reflects the return distance of this route as measured by the GPS file.
    6.9 km
    Elevation
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    253 m
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    Directions to Trailhead

    Immerse yourself in the Colorado wilderness as you venture the Longhorn and Shorthorn Trail. Hike amongst like-minded outdoor enthusiasts as you trek this popular route. Whether you hike, bike, snowshoe, or run, you can enjoy this versatile trail year-round. Reconnect with nature and escape the stressors of city life on the Longhorn and Shorthorn Trail.

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    Route Description for Longhorn and Shorthorn Hike

    Lace up those hiking shoes because we are going on an adventure. The Longhorn and Shorthorn Hike is a scenic route that guides explorers through the diverse terrains that Colorado has to offer. Travel through meadowlands, beneath the coverage of towering pines, and to epic overlooks of the mountainous landscape. Make sure to pack plenty of water and wear layers as the diversity of the wilderness warrants various weather conditions. If you are planning on hiking this trail in the summer months, we suggest heading out in the early morning to avoid the unbearable heat in the meadowlands.

    Embark on your adventure along the Longhorn and Shorthorn Hike from the trailhead. From here, track the Upper Longhorn Trail northeast through a luxuriant meadow and beneath the sparse tree coverage. Enjoy the sights of the Front Range foothills and distant views of the city as you walk. Soon you will encounter a junction, keep left. Hike along the path and you will eventually meet another intersection, take the Shorthorn Trail here. Mostly forested, trek the shaded path until the next fork in the road. Here, merge onto the Sawmill Trail.

    The Sawmill Trail will guide you northwest, weaving adventurers through the meadows and woodlands. Track this route all the way back to the trailhead, marking the end of your adventure.

    Getting to the Longhorn and Shorthorn Hike Trailhead

    The Longhorn and Shorthorn Hike departs from the trailhead off Belcher Hill Road.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground

      No

    • When to do

      April-December

    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly

      Older Children only

    • Route Signage

      Average

    • Crowd Levels

      Moderate

    • Route Type

      Circuit

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