Flash of Gold to Grouse Ridge
ElevationAscent: 2,552' 778 m
Descent: -2,552' -778 m
High: 10,150' 3,094 m
Low: 8,195' 2,498 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 30% (17°)
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“This is a ride up the Flash of Gold trail to the top of Buffalo pass and down to Grouse Ridge starting at Dry Lake”— Patrick West
FOG empties back onto the power line two track, (9.3mi) FS301 which you follow to the end, or FS301 can return you to Buffalo Pass Road (FS60). Follow FS301 up to it's end looking for the upper upper FOG that continues in the rocks. Follow upper upper FOG on and off the two track all the way to it's end on FS306 (11.3mi), a primitive 4x4 road that will return you to Buffalo Pass Road (FS60) atop the third summit (1.5mi).
The total FOG climb is 11.3-11.5 miles from Spring Creek/Dry Lake trailhead. Turn left and ride down Buffalo Pass Road (FS60) for 1.25 mi to a camping/parking turnout on the north side of FS60, looking for the entrance of Grouse Ridge Trail on the left near the road as you pull into the turnout.
Grouse Ridge is an aggressive downhill trail with many drops, ridges, rocky technical problems, and cliffside exposure, use care and caution. It drops 1600ft in 4 miles to bring you out to the Dry Lake Ditch Trail. Follow this trail, back to the campground, and parking at Dry Lake. This ends up a 20.5 mile loop with 2300 ft of climbing. I rode it in around 2.5 hours.
May 19, 2019: Routt Recreation Roundtable Application Period Now Open