Tucked away in the scenic folds of Driggs, Idaho, the Horseshoe Canyon trail network presents a flexible and intermediate-friendly mountain biking experience. With two entry points—Channel Lock and Bovine—riders can customize their outing depending on how they feel about initial climbs and overall trail characteristics.
Navigate toward the only stoplight in Driggs and head west. Follow the main road as it meanders north and then west again into Horseshoe Canyon. Approximately 0.4 miles after crossing the second cattle guard, you'll find the trailhead. Parking options are available a little farther on either side of the road.
Begin with Channel Lock for a milder climb or with Bovine for more of a challenge. Once at the top of Channel Lock (Mile 1.1), continue straight on trail 249. At Mile 2.75, a fork opens the route to either Sodbusters or Cody's Loop. Follow Cody's Loop for a short but hard climb, leading to a four-way junction at Mile 3.93. Taking a left here leads onto Shark's Belly—a loamy romp through the forest that's a real crowd-pleaser.
Completing Shark's Belly takes riders to the top of Bovine at Mile 5.46. Here, opt for a fast descent back to the car park or circle back to Channel Lock. Bovine leads to the road at Mile 6.74, and a left turn will bring riders back to Channel Lock’s parking area at Mile 7.42.
From the adrenaline of Shark's Belly to the more technical elements sprinkled across the trails, the network is a hit. Shark’s Belly, with its mesmerizing forest run, is a standout favorite for its technical elements and flow. Bovine is noted for its challenging ascent and exhilarating descent. While not a technical paradise, the trail system offers enough features to keep riders engaged. Whether after work or on weekends, these trails promise a great ride.
The Horseshoe Canyon trails offer a balanced biking experience for those who love intermediate-level rides with variety. It's a perfect local secret that needs no embellishments. So, pack your mountain bike and head to Driggs; your next great ride is waiting for you!