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Gold Lake Road (County Road #102J)

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Trail

4.9 mile 7.9 kilometer point to point
Doubletrack
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Elevation

Ascent: 35' 11 m
Descent: -1,628' -496 m
High: 8,641' 2,634 m
Low: 7,046' 2,148 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 24% (14°)

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A great downhill from Gold Lake to Jamestown and a hike-a-bike for the last mile.

Charles S

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There is no road or trail on the last section of the creek down to Jamestown. It seems to have been destroyed in the 2013 floods. We went on foot today and it is nearly impassable at high water—we were forced to hike high onto the canyon walls to get around large rapids that could not be crossed safely. It would almost certainly be impassable on a mountain bike or should be rated as "most extreme."

Need to Know

The creek crossing just east of juncture with FS Road 509.1 (Flying Squirrel) may require bike portaging. County Road #102J is closed to all motorized traffic.

Description

A great downhill run from Gold Lake to Jamestown on a mixed double and singletrack. You can set up an easy shuttle with a car down in Jamestown to do the run one way.

Note that the last mile of County Road #102J was ravaged by the flood of 2013, which completely ripped the road and trail out. The trail now requires a good deal of hike-a-bike on the last mile over log bridge crossings and the beginnings of the newly generated trail.

If you are heading downhill from Gold Lake, once you reach the juncture with FS Road 509.1 (Flying Squirrel), County Road #102J has a creek crossing that can be ridden in low water, but otherwise be ready for a creek bike portage. From here down, the trail is rougher and interrupted by the incredible power of the 2013 flood. Due to this flood damage, the trail hardly sees much traffic.

Lots of wildlife viewing potential on this trail: moose, beaver, elk, deer, and mountain lion have all been reported.

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Family Friendly, ADA Accessible, Features, Electic Mountain Bikes Allowed

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The Old Ward Road
Aug 5, 2018 near Niwot, CO
You have to hike a bike most of the last mile. It is amazing what the 2013 flood did. There use to be a road here. Now tree-bridges over deep pools.
Aug 5, 2018 near Niwot, CO
Bull Moose on the trail!
Aug 5, 2018 near Niwot, CO
Water crossing at Jim Creek
Aug 5, 2018 near Niwot, CO

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