“A short and lesser ridden loop with a great downhill.”
— Adam Kagy
Cliff Creek Loop is a shorter and less ridden loop close to the Dyke Trail Loop
off of Kebler pass. This makes for a great 1-2hr ride by itself. Alternatively, you can combine this addition to the Dyke Trail Loop
for an even longer ride.
Need to Know
Start by driving out Kebler pass road and parking at the Cliff Creek Trailhead, this should be directly across from the Horse Ranch Park Parking area and have obvious signs.
Once parked, go back to Kebler pass road and ride west. In approx. 2.4mi there will be three roads off of Kebler pass that all start close to each other. Look for the road that is furthest east and seems to climb back to the South East. This is West Side Cow Camp
and will not have a sign. After following this doubletrack for a while uphill, it will eventually seem like it turns into and overgrown doubletrack or a primitive singletrack. Keep following the obvious path for about 2.5 miles and it will come to a T-intersection with Beckwith Pass Trail 842
. There will be a trail sign here.
Take a left onto Beckwith Pass Trail 842
and follow the ups and downs of Beckwith Pass Trail 842
and admire the view of the Ruby Mountains. In just over a mile, you'll come to another intersection in some dark timber. This is Cliff Creek Trail 840
and will be the start of some amazing downhill back to the parking area. Take a left here and rip some singletrack back down to Kebler pass road.
The downhill consists of fast flowy sections, rock gardens and some steep washed out sections which can be bypassed by easier re-routed sections of trail. Be cautious near the end as there are a few steeper rockier sections. Another note of caution is that this trail is frequented by horses often so be alert at all times.