Horseshoe Canyon South Fork | Mountain Bike the Tetons

Horseshoe Canyon South Fork

Many years of reroutes have made the South Fork of Horseshoe a local’s favorite for mountain bikes, dirt bikes, horses, and hikers. Trail still retains some wilderness character with mud, nettles, and a crossing of South Horseshoe Creek that can be knee-deep in early summer.

Access

This trail can be accessed from the bottom via the Horseshoe Canyon/Horseshoe Canyon South Fork Trailhead on Old Horseshoe Road [Directions to trailhead from Driggs, ID] or from the top via Mahogany Creek [Directions to trailhead from Driggs, ID].

Options

This trail can be ridden as an out and back by starting from Old Horseshoe Road; as a longer out and back by adding Mahogany Creek; as a loop by adding Twin Creek to Mount Manning heading North and returning on Old Horseshoe Road; as a longer loop by adding Twin Creek to Mount Manning heading East and returning on W 1000 S/6000 W/W Buxton/N 7000 W/W 1000 N/Old Horseshoe Road; as an even longer loop by adding Mahogany Creek and returning on W 3000 S/Cedron-Bates/W Buxton/N 7000 W/W 1000 N/Old Horseshoe Road [Directions from trailhead to trailhead].

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Horseshoe Canyon South Fork

Many years of reroutes have made the South Fork of Horseshoe a local’s favorite for…

Trail Status: Excellent

Trail Condition: Dry

Distance: 7.76 km (4.8 mi)

Difficulty: More Difficult

Min Elevation: 1969 m (6460 ft)

Max Elevation: 2401 m (7879 ft)

Total Elevation +/-: 691 m (1865 ft) / -163 m (534 ft)

Min Grade: -26.6 %

Max Grade: 33.4 %

Recorded: 8/19/2012 1:48pm

Trail Status

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Trail Conditions

Tacky
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Snow Packed
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