The Flag Creek Trail is the second part of a four part ride. This ride proceeded as follows:
You can click on any other part of this ride above.
I rode over to the sign for Flag Creek, got off my bike, studied the sign, and gazed down the mountain at the next part of my trip. It was going to be great. I decided I would wait to eat my snack later on the trail below as I was still freezing from the wind. One thing I couldn’t wait for was a trip to the bushes… to relieve myself. When walking back to the sign I noticed those same four riders were eating their snacks on the opposite side of the intersection.
Please enjoy this interactive map which shows not only Flag Creek Trail, but also the other three legs of this scenic loop.
Flag Creek is represented by the blue segment below.
I looked down the mountain again and saw lines of steep single track crisscrossing fields of flowers below, much like the 401 trail had been. When I felt ready I grabbed my handlebars and ran alongside my bike to jump on it.
The only problem was when I went to put my left foot on the pedal and swing my right foot over (John Wayne style) my left foot missed the pedal and I stumbled and fell on top of my bike…
I quickly jumped up and looked back to see if the fellas (who were still eating) were all laughing. They either;
a) didn’t see my little trick
b) were very kind and looked away, acting as if they did not notice.
I am sure it looked comical. (When I saw Cindy later in the day I told her I had fallen on my ride. I saw that concerned look in her eyes until I described what had taken place).
The Flag Creek Trail (#422) starts with a little over 3-miles of awesome single track, much like some of the runs I remember from the days when I could afford an occasional ski trip. Gently sloping, wide radius turns allowed for a fast pace… exhilarating!! My heart was thumping… in a good way this time. I stopped in a nice flat, sunny, grassy, “non-windy” area to eat my snack and drink a lot of water. I took my time, trying to let the nutrients supply my muscles with a little bit of energy. Perfect setting for a picnic! Not one person passed by… no one bothered me.
About 2 miles down this amazing singletrack I noticed some ponds on Flag Creek. I am not a wildlife expert but these had to be BEAVER PONDS!! They looked exactly like the ones I remember from my (Southern California) 6th grade textbook. I didn’t see any of the little critters and one pond looked like it had a beaver lodge in the center. I would later come across some more of these type ponds on the Deadman’s Gulch leg of the ride.
At the bottom of this 3-mile DREAM they called The Flag Creek Trail I came to a junction and turned right onto the Bear Creek Trail (#415).
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