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Dyke Trail Loop

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Trail

13.9 mile 22.4 kilometer loop
40% Singletrack
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Elevation

Ascent: 2,265' 690 m
Descent: -2,270' -692 m
High: 10,429' 3,179 m
Low: 8,849' 2,697 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 22% (12°)

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Trail shared by Adam Kagy

A Crested Butte classic with a bit of everything.

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Overview

The Dyke Trail should be high on everybody's list of rides to do when visiting Crested Butte. In only a little over 5 miles in length this trail throws just about everything at you from smooth flowy singletrack, loose technical descents, a leg and lung burning climb in the middle, several small water crossings and fantastic views of the Ruby Range and the Anthracite mountains.

Need to Know

This trail typically won't be mud/snow free until mid summer. The Kebler pass area receives some of the most snow in Colorado during winter so plan accordingly.

Description

Start by driving toward Kebler Pass to the junction with the Irwin Lake Road. Just past the Irwin "Y" will be a gravel parking area on your left. Park there and ride toward Irwin Lake Campground, staying left at the split.

Ride past the lake and keep bearing left at road intersections. Wind around and climb up to a sign for The Dyke Trail. Stay left on this doubletrack and ride out to a small turnaround and a sign for The Dyke Trail.

This first part of the singletrack is a ripper! Watch out for a few surprise creek crossings and some technical sections. Otherwise, enjoy the romp through the forest. The trail weaves around the contours before climbing up and over The Dyke, which is a very distinct rib of rock at the top of a set of lung blowing climbs. Enjoy the aspen and the views through them. Youll be staring straight up at the Upper Dyke and the Ruby/Owen range. On the left at the top is a short trail to a great viewpoint and lunch spot.

From here get ready for a great finish! Hang on for a terrific downhill through what must be some of the most beautiful aspens around. If you picked the right day, the light filtering through a golden canopy fifty feet up will seem surreal as you blow through it leaving a dust cloud of aspen leaves.

Make a sharp left where a sign points right to the wilderness area. Continue with the ride and eventually come out in a saddle and parking area at the Dark Canyon trailhead. Turn left down the doubletrack and a quarter of a mile later, youll hit Kebler Pass Road. Turn left here.

You had better saved some energy as there is about a 1000ft climb over 4.5 miles to get back to your car. Soak up the views and revel in another amazing Crested Butte ride.

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Sep 27, 2019
Rachel Mommer
I will
Jul 30, 2019
Dean Brooks
Dyke from town via Kebler/Old Wagon both ways. Climb back up Kebler is looooong. 28mi
Sep 3, 2018
Ry Zy
Aug 29, 2018
Aidan Goldie
13.9mi
Aug 7, 2018
Laurent Outang
First gentle long climb, then a short downhill, followed by brutal steep small climbs. The last downhill is real good! 13.9mi
Jul 14, 2018
Ian McMullen
Jul 9, 2018
Matt Chan
Lots of road riding. 14mi
Jun 23, 2018
Derek Kronberg

Trail Ratings

  3.7 from 22 votes

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  3.7 from 22 votes
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#10

in Crested Butte

#225

in Colorado

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The start of the trail is probably one of the better sections of trail—yes the scenery is awesome, but honestly this trail was disappointing after all the epic rides I've done in the area.
Aug 18, 2017 near Crested…, CO
Aspen riding at its best
Aug 25, 2014 near Crested…, CO
There are some pretty aspens on this trail, although nothing better than other trails in the area.
Aug 18, 2017 near Crested…, CO
I think this ride had the least amount of singletrack DH of all the rides I did in Crested Butte.
Aug 18, 2017 near Crested…, CO
the backside of ruby peak from the dyke trail
Jun 7, 2013 near Crested…, CO
When riding the Dyke Trail Loop, it will be mostly spent climbing on a dirt road—be ready for 95% road and 5% trail.
Aug 18, 2017 near Crested…, CO

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