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Level: Intermediate
Length: 15 mi (24.1 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +2,364/387 ft
Total: 13 riders
 

Mountain Biking Horseshoe Canyon

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#3 of 301 mountain bike trails in Idaho
#473 in the world

Horseshoe Canyon is one of the closest trail systems to the town of Driggs, Idaho. This network doesn't have a ton of climbing or descending, but the smooth, swooping singletrack with a variety of route options makes it a locals' favorite--perfect for an after work ride. Also, due to the low elevation and dry climate, this is generally one of the first trails to dry out for the season and the last to close.

First added by Greg Heil on Aug 20, 2015. Last updated May 7, 2020. → add an update
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  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: yes
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Mountain Bike Trails Near Driggs, Idaho

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Q: Is this trail system open to hiking?
A: Yes. And it's quite popular with runners!

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  • Reet_TripOutside.com
    Reviewing Channel Lock:
    ****

    Channel Lock is a great lilttle 1.3 mile climb that connects you to the rest of the Horseshoe canyon trail system.

    This was a SUPER fun descent, but unfortunately not a segment on Strava so I'll never know how awesome I was (pretty sure I won all time ever in my mind)

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  • Phil Lyon
    *****

    Perfect combination of lung busting climbs and fun long downhill.

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  • Jim Cummings
    Reviewing Sharks Belly:
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    I rode Sharks Belly as part of a loop of the Horseshoe Canyon trails. Sharks Belly was my favorite part of the circuit - it wound its way through forest with a little more technical interest than the other trails. It leads into Bovine which takes you back down the hill to the car park.

    Sharks Belly is a shared-use two-way trail rather than a purpose built mountain bike trail but it does have some features to keep you focused in places and rushing through the trees is exhilarating.

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  • Jim Cummings
    Reviewing Channel Lock:
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    It's a very nice cross-country, natural-style trail that you'll ride as part of a loop in the Horseshoe Canyon system.

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  • Jim Cummings
    Reviewing Bovine:
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    Bovine is a really nice down-sloping ride - curvy and narrow - it keeps you focused as you flow on down. It terminates at the Bovine Trailhead on Old Horseshoe Road. I thought it deserved an advanced rating because it's narrow but intermediate rides wouldn't find it threatening if they take their time...

    A lot of people ride it up rather than down. I imagine it would leave you sweating that way...

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  • Jim Cummings
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    I enjoyed my ride on the Horseshoe Canyon trails. They are not in a Canyon! They're on rolling hills overlooking Teton Valley and, on the other side of the valley, the magnificent jagged breasts of the Grand Tetons.

    I rode the network in a circuit which took in all nearly all the trails... I parked at the first car park at the base of the Channel Lock trail although most people carry on another half mile to a bigger car park just off Old Horseshoe Road. I rode up Channel Lock to Southbound which sidles round the hillside. So far it's dry, open country with a nice spacious feel and some great views towards the Tetons to the east. Southbound morphs into Sod Buster then Codys which mainly traverse forest and more luxuriant meadows with wildflowers.

    From the end of Codys you can go down Prohibition to Horseshoe Pack Saddle Road and return up Burg. I skipped those two and took Sharks Belly back roughly in the direction of my car. Sharks Belly was my favorite part of the circuit - it wound its way through forest with a little more technical interest than the other trails. Next I took Bovine back down the hill to the second car park. Bovine is a really nice down-sloping ride - curvy and narrow - it keeps you focused as you flow on down. Back on Old Horseshoe Road it was a short ride back to the car.

    The trails don't have a lot of technical features like jumps, berms and so on. They're no-nonsense, cross-country, mule-track style trails although Sharks Belly does throw a few bites at you. According to Strava I rode 11.2 miles and gained 1755 feet.

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  • Greg Heil   ✓ supporter
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    This trail system is convenient to town and dries out quickly in the spring, but the trails aren't as epic as those you can find in the neighboring mountains. But take that however you'd like: by "not as epic," you could interpret that to mean "easier and not as intense" :)

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  • ridethetetons
    Reviewing Sharks Belly:
    *****

    A sweet trail in the woods after you climb Bovine. Great flow with great dirt.

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  • wvvelo
    Reviewing Bovine:
    ****

    View of the Mountains is spectacular. Fast downhill if you do an out and back for a quick ride. At the intersection there are so many other trails,wish I had the time.

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  • Chris Daniels
    Reviewing Bovine:
    ***

    This is a great trail as a climb or DH. Fast, flowy, smooth, non-technical. I like that it is connected to Channel Lock by a doubletrack to make it a quick up/down without having to commit to the larger network if you're running short on time, but still want a quick thrash.

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  • redbeard1
    Reviewing Bovine:
    *****

    My preferred exit from the Horseshoe trail network. Fast, flowy and fun!

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  • Chris Daniels
    Reviewing Sharks Belly:

    This trail is a riot! Tough climb to XC section followed by some easy DH sections. Chased some cows through a pasture... The last DH section was so freaking fast. Awesome place to ride and thanks to Habitat, Driggs, ID for directions.

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  • toddmare
    ***

    Fun addition to add to the Bovine/Sharks belly trail. Has a nice 2-3' log structure drop halfway through. A ton of features to ride over in the short mile section. A few bridges as well as trees down to hop over. Burg is a tough climb up but short.

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  • toddmare
    Reviewing Channel Lock:
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    Trail provides great early season riding. Not as steep as it's neighbor Bovine. Equally as fun as a downhill. Trail is rutted some what locking you into a channel so be prepared to stay on trail.

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  • toddmare
    Reviewing Bovine:
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    Bovine is a strenuous climb into the horseshoe canyon trails. Trail isn't that long but has some steep climbs in it. Prepare for some rest brakes. It makes an awesome downhill though.

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  • toddmare
    Reviewing Sharks Belly:
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    Trail has a hard but short climb halfway through Cody's loop section. Trail through Sharksbelly is very nice shaded through the trees. Has a couple of bridges to keep you honest. Great trail to ride after work.

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