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Flash of Gold

 15 votes


11.8 Miles 19.0 Kilometers



2,081' 634 m


-298' -91 m



Avg Grade (2°)


Max Grade (9°)

10,129' 3,087 m


8,199' 2,499 m




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Incredible switchbacks up towards Buffalo Mountain.

David Wittlinger


Open June though October. This is a multi-use trail, so be on the lookout for other trail users and yield appropriately.
Family Friendly: Younger riders may struggle a little on the climb, especially as it gets higher. But will have a great time in either direction on this beautiful trail if you turn around when everyone is ready.


Flash of Gold is part of an expanding trail network. The lowest part of the trail is moderate with many switchbacks and vistas on the way up or down. Riders can bask in the scenery as the singletrack travels through the trees, fern groves, and open hillsides. Many of the turns are very man-made and bike park-ish. At mile 4.45 the trail meets the Flash of Gold to BTR Connector and the end of the first phase of construction.

The trail soon transitions to hand-built singletrack where it crosses over Spring Creek. In general, it's more technical and narrow. Ahead, the trail overlaps with FS Road 301 for a series of switchbacks. On riders right (south), past the third switchback, the trail has been constructed using 2A tax funds generated by hotel room taxes in Steamboat.

The steady climbing keeps going through big alpine meadows on the south-side of a tree dotted knoll. Around mile 8.3, the trail again overlaps a short section of road to complete a few switchbacks (you can bailout to FS Road 301 by turning left). Pretty soon Flash of Gold heads into the rocks for an expert riders dream. This final section links several sections of doubletrack with singletrack to deliver riders to the end of FS Road 306.1A. From there, it's a short pedal to connect with FS Road 306 and then to Buffalo Pass Road 60.


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Brian Smith
Boulder, CO
Brian Smith   Boulder, CO
This trail gets 5 stars for scenery—with its lush ferns, towering aspens, and wildflower fields—and 4 stars for the actual riding. For climbing, it doesn't get much better than this trail's mellow grade, lack of obstacles, and gorgeous scenery. As a descent, intermediate to advanced riders will be left wanting. Jul 18, 2017
Kerry Norman
Republic of Boulder
Kerry Norman   Republic of Boulder
I agree with Brian. It is a great climbing trail. However, considering it drops 1,000ft, descenders will be wondering where the elevation drop went! It's a great trail either way, but I think uphill is better. Leave the downs for more interesting routes (not all currently legal - but being officialize/built out). Jul 19, 2017
Lauren Marie
Denver, CO
Lauren Marie   Denver, CO
Absolutely loved this trail. The up is steady and quite pleasant for a climb. You get meadows, thick sections of Aspens, and some full forest shade. The down is fun and as fast without feeling too out of control when gaining speed. Highly recommend this trail for beginners as well. Aug 21, 2017

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