“A rare sapphire trail that can be climbed.
— Lance Pysher
The bottom three miles of this trail are narrow and filled with scree fields and no one tends to ride that section. Most likely you'll be riding this trail from its intersection with Gold Creek Ridge #43
From the junction, head back uphill, crossing the creek every so often. As the trail climbs, you enter a dense lodgepole forest littered with downfall. If there is ever a lightning strike here, hope you aren't on the trail. When it burns it will be bad.
About a mile before the trail reunites with Gold Creek Ridge #43
at the upper junction, the trail joins Gold Creek Mine Access Road
. At this point, the trail gets steep and becomes a hike-a-bike back to the trailhead.
At least it would be a hike if you could get through, but this last mile wasn't cleared last time we rode and the downfall made in impassable. As an alternative, you can ride the Gold Creek Mine Access Road
out to FS Road 969 to complete a loop.