Dyke Trail Loop
ElevationAscent: 2,265' 690 m
Descent: -2,270' -692 m
High: 10,429' 3,179 m
Low: 8,849' 2,697 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 22% (12°)
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“A Crested Butte classic with a bit of everything.”— Adam Kagy
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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Local Club: Crested Butte Mountain Bike Association
May 26, 2020: Meet Middle Cement Creek Trail
Nov 12, 2019: CBCC End-of-Season Update
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