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blue Flash of Gold


11.8 mile 19.0 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 2,081' 634 m
Descent: -298' -91 m
High: 10,129' 3,087 m
Low: 8,199' 2,499 m


Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 15% (9°)


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Trail shared by David Wittlinger

Incredible switchbacks up towards Buffalo Mountain.

David Wittlinger

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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.

Open June though October. This is a multi-use trail, so be on the lookout for other trail users and yield appropriately.


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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Sep 30, 2018
Meridith Burrows
Turned around at junction 11mi — 3h 30m
Sep 30, 2018
Adam Burrows
Sep 25, 2018
Brian Geiman
Sep 24, 2018
Brian Geiman
7 up 7 down 14mi
Sep 23, 2018
Susie C
Sep 22, 2018
Patrick Deyette
out and back 20mi
Sep 6, 2018
Dana M
Sep 4, 2018
Sasha Neal

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