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Horseshoe Mountain is a 7.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Alma, Colorado that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 7.3 miles Elevation Gain: 2,224 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

camping

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

ohv / off road driving

views

snow

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. Single track open to Motorcycles, but this area is primarily used by hikers.

hiking
1 month ago

Headed up the boudoir couloir with great weather! Awesome beginner snow climb.

hiking
5 months ago

Did this one back in March of 2017. Beautiful views and didn't see anybody else all day. I made a recap video of the route to help provide some more insight as to what to expect. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zujYfABAchs

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rocky
9 months ago

Planned to do Horseshoe but only finished Peerless. The wind was too strong with blowing me over. Will go back to climb Horseshoe. Beautiful area and incredible view. You can take an AWD to the end of the road. From there you park like we did or have a high clearance 4X4. Of course the main road, Four Mike, is incredibly bumpy but a 2WD low clearance can make it.

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no shade
rocky
11 months ago

Very nice moderate hike of a top-100 peak. Nice wildflowers. Several snowfields along the path, but easily traversed or gone around. The road is the hardest part, bumpy bumpy bumpy.

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no shade
rocky
snow
11 months ago

Cool hike, but likely wouldn't do it again. There are no actual trail markers/signs whatsoever that we saw, so it was hard to know if/when we were on the "trail". The entire area up the front of the mountain is crisscrossed with tons of old mining roads - take your pick. We parked at a Y in the road where a snow drift blocked one way and the other was steeper than I was comfortable driving. We hiked as far up as we could until there was no way around the snow (about 13,100 feet), then wandered off to the right as you're facing the mountain for some more incredible views. The old mining artifacts and grave markers were interesting, the views back down the valley truly stunning, & the lake at the base of the mountain really serene & beautiful. The entire thing is above the tree line, so no cover at all (= sunburn!) We had the entire thing to ourselves - never saw another soul. As other reviewers have mentioned, the drive is rocky & difficult at points. Highly recommend 4-wheel drive with plenty of clearance.

hiking
Thu Sep 13 2018

2nd time I finally found the right trail! turn left at the 2nd turn off past the leavick parking lot. we parked where the road forked and hiked. about .75 miles into the hike you'll see Horseshoe. Just follow the road/trail. Lots of cool mining relics on the way. The lakes below look really pretty and coming back down we did see a Jeep but that was pretty much the 1st person my friend and I saw the entire hike. At the saddle between peerless and horseshoe the views are amazing and we climbed higher I'm not sure we made the "summit" but we we're well over 13,000ft and content. I would recommend it for how quiet it is compared to seeing the tons of cars/people headed to Sherman

hiking
Sat Jul 07 2018

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.

hiking
Sat Jun 30 2018

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!

Sun Jun 24 2018

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.

hiking
Tue Jun 05 2018

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

Sun May 27 2018

14er views without the crowd!!

hiking
Thu Jul 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?

Sat Jun 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.

ohv/off road driving
Fri Oct 14 2016

Amazing views.

ohv/off road driving
Sun Mar 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.

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recorded Recording - Aug 14, 12:24 PM

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