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Trail difficulty
Blue
Elevation Gain
?
Trail type
Loop
Distance
4.20 mi (6.76 km)
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Horse Ridge is a network of mountain biking trails that offers great high desert riding through rolling hills of juniper and sagebrush. The ride delivers steady climbs, good technical rocky sections, and some fast and continuous downhill. Great views of the Badlands Wilderness and the Three Sisters can be seen throughout your ride. Keep in mind that Horse Ridge is a good off-season destination; soil conditions can get a bit loose and sandy during the summer, which affects traction. Additionally, it is best to avoid windy or excessively hot days as the terrain is fairly exposed and not densely forested.   

One loop option can be found by entering through the cattle gate and following the trail marked with a directional arrow on the left. From here you will parallel the road up through the hills, skipping the first turn off you see on your right (this will be your return route). After climbing further you will pass a rocky technical section, then take a right deeper into the hills until you reach a four-way intersection with a rock pile and a cow bone. From this intersection take a right and enjoy the descent back down to the trailhead. It is advisable to either bring a map or plan your route from the map provided at the trailhead before you begin.    

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Fall

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

Low crowds. Rolling hills of juniper and sagebrush. Fast downhill sections. Great views of the Badlands and Three Sisters.

Cons

Exposed trail. Sandy and loose terrain in the summer. Sections parallel the highway. Lack of visual diversity.

Pets allowed

Allowed

Trailhead Elevation

3,650.00 ft (1,112.52 m)

Net Elevation Gain

1,050.00 ft (320.04 m)

Features

Big vistas

Suitable for

Hiking
Horseback

Location

Field Guide + Map

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