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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“A charming singletrack trail up to Buffalo Pass.”— 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 rougher technical and more narrow. Ahead, the trail overlaps with FS Road 301 for a series of switchbacks. On hikers 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. This final section links several sections of doubletrack with singletrack to deliver hikers to the end of FS Road 306.1A. From there, it's a short hike to connect with FS Road 306 and then to Buffalo Pass Road 60.