8.0 miles
1,167 ft
-1,165 ft
2 miles
High Point

This intermediate level ride is a great way to check out Fast Money. You'll start at the Hidden Treasure Trailhead and head out on the Historic Gilpin Tramway. Take that to Quartz Valley trail and then make the right onto Easy Money. Easy Money is the easiest way to the summit of Maryland Mountain, but you still have to climb 665 ft to get there. For more novice riders, you may want to skip going all the way to the top and just take Easy Money to middle Fast Money to Paymaster. If you have the gumption to make it to the top, the upper section of Fast Money is steep and a bit more advanced than the middle section.

Whether you go to the top of Fast Money or cut in at the middle, you'll be treated to a bike-only downhill trail that will leave you grinning ear to ear. While the first downhill trail, Hard Money, is chunky and rowdy, Fast Money is smooth and flowy. The top part is fairly smooth and fast while the middle part is more windy and playful. There's plenty of side hits for more advanced riders, too.

At the bottom of middle Fast Money, you can take a right to get back to Easy Money for another lap, or take a left to take Paymaster back to the Gilpin Tramway. Paymaster is mostly downhill except for a small section of a couple switchbacks.

BMA and COMBA are working to extend Fast Money all the way down to the Quartz Valley trail, this section is planned to open in fall 2021.

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    8,195 ft
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Historic Gilpin Tramway
Oct 24, 2021 @ 9:55am
Oct 24, 2021
Quartz Valley Trail
Oct 24, 2021 @ 9:55am
Oct 24, 2021
Easy Money
Oct 24, 2021 @ 9:55am
Oct 24, 2021
Fast Money
Oct 23, 2021 @ 7:37am
Oct 23, 2021
Paymaster Trail
Sep 26, 2021 @ 9:48am
Sep 26, 2021
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