Horseshoe Mountain

MODERATE 5 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
2224 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.

9 months ago

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

10 months ago

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.

Saturday, July 30, 2016