• Starting from the Horseshoe Lake parking area, this is an easy native-dirt and gravel loop perfect for kids, families and beginner mountain bikers. The trail, which varies from road width to single track, follows the contours of the lakeshore around the south side of the lake and then cuts across through lodgepole pine forest to the Lakes Basin Path for a quick final paved section back to the trailhead. There are bridges and several easy stream crossings, meadows, picnic spots, sandy-beach access and good views of the Mammoth Crest looming above.

  • Starting from the Horseshoe Lake parking area, this is an easy native-dirt and gravel loop perfect for kids, families and beginner mountain bikers. The trail, which varies from road width to single track, follows the contours of the lakeshore around the south side of the lake and then cuts across through lodgepole pine forest to the Lakes Basin Path for a quick final paved section back to the trailhead. There are bridges and several easy stream crossings, meadows, picnic spots, sandy-beach access and good views of the Mammoth Crest looming above.

Trail Alerts

  • 05/22/2017: Thanks to the drought busting winter of 2017, this trail is still covered in snow. Please check back for updates.
  • Trail Activities

    • Hiking
    • Mountain Biking
    • Pets

    Public Services

    Trail Information

    • Typical grade 4% - (Maximum 32% for 6 feet)
    • Typical cross slope 3% - (Maximum 20% for 12 feet)
    • Typical width at trail surface 6 feet
    • Soil
    • A standard ramp is 8%. Conditions subject to change.

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Destination Activities and Services
Horseshoe Lake Paddleboarding Swimming
Horseshoe Lake Picnic Area

Related Experiences

Related Experiences

Experience Rating Length (mi) Surface Duration
Bouldering at Horseshoe Boulder 0.6 Mixed Less than 4 hours
Family Biking the Horseshoe Lake Loop 1.8 Mixed About an hour
Family Biking the Horseshoe Lake Loop from Twin Falls Overlook 2.1 Mixed Less than 4 hours
Guided Geology Tour at Horseshoe Lake 1.4 Mixed Less than 4 hours
Hiking the Horseshoe Lake Loop - Adaptive Option 1.8 Mixed Less than 4 hours
Pets on the Horseshoe Lake Loop 1.8 Sand Less than 4 hours
Photography at Twin Falls Overlook 0.2 Mixed Less than 4 hours
Sport Climbing at Horseshoe Slabs 1.0 Soil Less than 4 hours
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Horseshoe Lake 0.6 Water Less than 4 hours
Trail Running around Horseshoe Lake and Swimming Horseshoe Lake 2.7 Soil Less than 4 hours
Walking the Horseshoe Lake Loop 1.8 Mixed Less than 4 hours
Walking the Horseshoe Lake Loop Out and Back 1.0 Sand Less than 4 hours
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