Horseshoe Mountain

MODERATE 12 reviews
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Horseshoe Mountain is a 7.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Fairplay, Colorado that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and off road driving and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

7.3 miles
2,224 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly


off road driving



Take 4 Mile Creek Road off of Hyw. 285 south of Fairplay. Go up this road past 4 mile campground to where a road takes off to the left, up a hill. Follow this up to Horseshoe Basin and park were ever. A snow bank stays over part of the road until late July.

16 days ago

This hike was simply the best hike we did all week. The view is STUNNING! A 360 degree view of gorgeous mountains as well as valley views of Leadville and Fairplay. Had the whole mountain to ourselves on a weekday, which was a nice reward for driving 11 miles down a bumpy gravel road in a rental car that didn’t handle the bumps well. Trail was not difficult to traverse for the most part. Well worth the effort.

22 days ago

We looped Horseshoe in with our hike of Mt. Sherman, Sheridan, and Peerless Mountain, and I'm glad we did. Good place to watch the line of ants summiting Sherman!

29 days ago

Beautiful views. Unfortunately didn’t get to drive to the end of the road, two snow drifts were blocking the road at the first bend. Will definitely return later in the year.

1 month ago

Start of trail was still blocked by a snow bank so had to hike up. Awesome views, didn't see a single person.

1 month ago

14er views without the crowd!!

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Phil B I was up there a week ago and it was closed due to snow on the corner. Is it still closed?

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Remote and desolate. Went on a weekday and had the entire mountain to myself. It's an 11mile dirt-road trip to get to the trailhead. Not strictly a 4x4 road, but you'll go a lot faster if you have one.

The trail is along a series of abandoned mine trails, so it's easy to follow. Some mining debris along the way keeps things interesting. Other than that, the trail doesn't hold much beauty, except the sheer size of the surrounding mountains and the feeling of being completely by yourself.

The views upon reaching the ridge and looking west are staggering. Not simply the vision of the Sawatch in the distance (both Elbert and Massive can be seen), but because of the enormity of the valley that opens up in front of you. It literally took my breath away.

On the way down, do yourself a favor. Sit by the lake and just look up at the "horseshoe", and reconcile just how small and temporal you are compared to immensity of the piece of earth in front of you. You'll thank me.

off road driving
Friday, October 14, 2016

Amazing views.

off road driving
Sunday, March 23, 2014

This is a off road trip that takes you up to a basin below Horseshoe Mt.. The road is good for high clearance vehicles. There is a tarn under Horseshoe Mt. and rocks with neat liken designs for great photo opps. The road continues up to some mine tailings.There are no trails, but you can hike the area.

22 days ago

1 month ago

Saturday, July 30, 2016