June 21, 2018
Just rode the newest leg of Flash of Gold. I understand this lower 5 mile section was added in 2017. We started at the lower Dry Lake TH, and finished at the upper TH, along Buffalo Pass Rd #60. It rises 1000 vertical feet, and has an average 4% grade.
The grade was a nice climb, with many flatter sections between some of the short,steeper sections. It meanders through some large open meadows, and most of it is within large aspen tracks.
While many take the BTR one-way DH trail back to the Dry Creek TH, we went back down Flash of Gold. Wow, what a nice flowy downhill. This gradient is, I think, a real good one, in that you really only need braking sporadically. The switchbacks are a little tight for the DH, but they add some interesting change to the mostly winding route.
If you need a more gradual climb, than much of the front of Emerald, this is the ticket.