Gold Dust Trail Loop

Fairplay

Salida

An isolated singletrack bomb down the side of the Mosquito Range.

Mountain Biking Difficult

Distance
31 km
Ascent
667 m
Descent
667 m
Duration
2-3 hrs
Low Point
3 km
High Point
3.5 km
Gradient
Gold Dust Trail Loop Map

The Gold Dust Trail is an interesting route, as the singletrack sits off mostly by itself in the Mosquito Range near the partially-inhabited ghost town of Como. While it’s not far from Fairplay and it’s just over the top of Boreas Pass from Breckenridge and does serve as a short portion of the Tour Divide mountain bike route, for all intents and purposes this singletrack trail is entirely its own entity.

Description

While this trail can easily be self-shuttled using Boreas Pass road, most riders choose to pedal it as a loop. It’s up to you.

However you choose to get to the top, the descent down Gold Dust is absolutely phenomenal! The singletrack begins descending immediately, dropping quickly down the mountainside, and funneling into an old drainage flume that has turned into a flowy mountain bike luge.

Some of the upper sections are steep, rocky, and loose, but as the trail descends the grade mellows significantly. A couple of riser climbs in the middle keep Gold Dust from being a completely downhill rip, but they’re over quickly.

The most challenging section is in the beginning of the second half of the trail, with a very technical, rocky up-and-over a small ridge. While rideable, this one section is extremely challenging.

Don’t let that scare you off, though. This one short section is easily walkable. Excluding this section, Gold Dust is a blue/black trail. Excluding the steep upper rocky section, it drops to an intermediate singletrack rating… with those couple of sections exceeding.

Once below the extremely rocky portion, that intermediate singletrack flavor takes over in full-force, flowing quickly down the mountainside through pines, and ending in a gorgeous aspen grove.

If anything negative can be said about Gold Dust, it’s that it’s over too quickly!

Difficulty

Difficult

Mostly stable trail tread with some variability featuring larger and more unavoidable obstacles that may include, but not be limited to: bigger stones, roots, steps, and narrow curves. Compared to lower intermediate, technical difficulty is more advanced and grades of slopes are steeper. Ideal for upper intermediate riders.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.

Remoteness

3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

July, August, September, October

Features

  • Flow
  • Technical
  • Shuttle-run
  • Road sections
  • Roots
  • Rock Rolls
  • Rock Gardens

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