Flash of Gold
ElevationAscent: 2,081' 634 m
Descent: -298' -91 m
High: 10,129' 3,087 m
Low: 8,199' 2,499 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 15% (9°)
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“Incredible switchbacks up towards Buffalo Mountain.”— David Wittlinger
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.
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.
Local Club: Routt County Riders
May 22, 2019: Trail Use and Economic Impact Study
May 21, 2019: Job Opening: Executive Director
Jun 12, 2019: Steamboat area roads and trails converting to summer use