Flash of Gold to Grouse Ridge
This big loop is a journey to bring you up the Flash of Gold (FOG) trail to the apex of Buffalo Pass and then down to Grouse Ridge starting at Dry Lake. Ranked as intermediate to difficult, this trail is an amazing ascent connecting to a challenging drop, and features more than 2,500 feet up and the same back down again.
The FOG trail is Steamboat’s newest trail, built in 2017, to make an uphill access without needing to ride FS60. The multi-use trail is beautiful as it flows through meadow and aspen groves.
The section of Grouse Ridge is recognized as a professional level descent route. Please watch out and make sure to ride within your ability. There's no shame in walking your bike for some parts of it. This is a great loop that will challenge your limits.
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The trail is mostly singletrack with many switchbacks and gets harder gradually as you conquer the Grouse Ridge.
There is parking available at Dry Lake. Start the loop from here and head down Spring Creek Trail till you reach the entrance of Flash of Gold trail.
Food and drink
Make sure to bring water and snacks sufficient for around 3 hours of riding.
Climb a few miles on the FOG trail and get onto the two tracks under the power lines. Keep riding up the power line two track past the third switchback and back to FOG.
The whole climbing on FOG from Spring Creek/Dry Lake trailhead is around 11.5 miles. Turn left and head down to Buffalo Pass Road for a while until you reach a camping and parking turnout on the north side of FS60. Pull into the turnout and find the entrance of Grouse Ridge Trail on the left which is close to the road.
Ready to ride the Grouse Ridge, with an extremely exciting downhill trail with numerous ridges, rugged sections, cliffside exposure, and cool descents? It will fall more than 1,500 feet to put you to the Dry Lake Ditch Trail. Take the trail and swing back to the campground/parking at Dry Lake.
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