LLS Rating: 4 Stars
Level: Moderate (very steady uphill on the way out)
Fees: $7 entry fee into Golden Gate State Park, or a State Park Pass
Getting there: From Hwy 93 turn West onto Golden Gate Canyon Rd and travel 14 miles until you get to the visitor center on the right. During winter months they require you to purchase your day pass at the visitor center as the drive by stand is closed.
Once in the park, exit to the right out of the Visitors Center. You’ll find the Horseshoe trailhead on the left-hand side of the road, it will be the second parking lot on the left. The first parking lot is the Black Bear trailhead and you can hike from it over to the horseshoe trailhead (0.4 mi) if there isn’t enough parking at the Horseshoe trailhead.
Parking: Parking lot at trail head (Very limited amount of spots)
Restrooms: Yes, at trail head as well as at visitor center
Trail info: Clearly marked and groomed. Each trail in the park has it’s own logo and they mark the trails throughout with it’s unique logo so you’ll always know exactly which trail you’re on and if you’ve transferred over to a new trail.
Scenery: Mostly in the trees, not too many open views, but still beautiful
Length: 3.6 Round trip (1.8 each way)
Trail Type: Out and back
4WD required: No
Extra Information: Golden Gate State Park Trail Map