Dyke Trail - TRAIL

Dyke Trail - Trail, Crested Butte, Colorado

Considered by the locals to be a advanced and very technical trail. 8 miles of very climbs and extreme downhill. The trail is lined by beautiful aspens and thousands of wildflowers. Not very rocky, but can be muddy at times. The pass is only open about three months of the year. Watch for elk, beer and other critters.

User Reviews (16)

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Julie   Weekend Warrior [Nov 21, 2012]

I rode this trail in early August 2011 on my third trip to Crested Butte. We had been there over a week so were partly acclimated to the altitude. My friends and I rode up the fireroad for the first part of the loop, which was warm but tolerable. Overall I did not enjoy much of the singletrack part of the ride. There were many swooping and steep downhills, followed by very steep uphills. Unfortunately, virtually every transition gully was treacherous with roots and several yards of unavoidable deep mud. I simply didn't have the skills, confidence desire, or guts to go barreling into them in order to semi-coast part of the way up the next hill. So this meant coming to a dead stop, walking/carrying the bike over the transition, remounting and grinding up as much of the next hill as possible...repeat, repeat, repeat about 30 times. LOTS of work for not too much fun. It is a beautiful area though. FINALLY at the end there is a screaming downhill but by that time we were pretty tired and just trying not to crash. We are pretty strong intermediate/advanced riders but maybe it was just too much for us.

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2
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4
telemarkrg   Cross Country Rider [Sep 25, 2003]

This loop requires a dusty road ride to close or open the loop; starting up the road first is better. Someone is building a reroute of the trail just past the dike, where the very steep uphill stops pedalling in a hurry! The reroute is sketchy so far and soft and still steep in places and only avoids about a third of the total uphill past the dike. But when the aspens gods turn golden, it's a nice day to walk the bike and enjoy the treasure. This loop is fine and not too technical, except for one or two rocky spots in the long downhill to Horse Ranch trailhead, so expect a lot of dusty uphill churn and burn for only a modest forest cruise. It's all about the aspens . . .

Customer Service

Wait until late Sept to enjoy the aspens!

Similar Products Used: Deadman/Flag loop; Pearl Pass in and out
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4
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3
ColoMtnBiker   Cross Country Rider [Aug 20, 2003]

Great ride. Lot's of fast downhill and some leg-burning uphills. Some pretty technical areas I thought. Beautiful views. I will definitely ride this one again.

Customer Service

I started from the bottom of the trail and rode up the dirt rode to Kebler Pass then on to Irwin Lake. Maybe the reverse would be better to keep your legs fresh for the climbs.

Similar Products Used: 401, Deer Creek
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5
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4
imtnbke   Cross Country Rider [Aug 17, 2003]

I rode the Dyke Trail in July 2003. It was in excellent shape, despite a lack of recent rain in the area. Perhaps its own microclimate had received rain; that happens around Crested Butte. I thought it was fun indeed: technically challenging without ever being scary, and featuring great scenery. In the fall, it must be magnificent, because you ride through aspen groves seemingly for miles. I do hope that the local trailbuilders construct a route around the hike-a-bike section in the middle someday.

Customer Service

I parked at the Kebler Pass Road turnoff to Irwin. Riding to the Dyke Trail from town would not be much harder, but it would add about 10 miles.

Similar Products Used: 401, 403, Gunsight Pass.
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5
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3
Spud   [Dec 05, 1999]

Did you ever have fantasies about stumbling onto groups of lesbians having sex on whatever trail you might be happening along? Well, if you ride this trail at night that is exactly what you will find. It seems some witch-sex cult practices their rituals on this trail at night. I had always wondered how it got it's name. Bring a good light as they try to run when you ride up on them in the dark.

Customer Service

Try this one at night. You won't regret it how it changes.

Similar Products Used: This seems to be the only trail in the area with this sort of nighttime activity on it. I believe the difficulty and remoteness of area make the girls feel safe from the masculine world.
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5
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Todd   [Jun 16, 2000]

The dirt road climbs were bearable but long. The scenery at the lake is awesome. The single track on the actual DYKE trail is a joyride. Many small water crossings, very curvy and narrow track..lots of vegetation growing into the side of the track. One part is very rocky/steep and tedious which may or may not be a hiker, depending on the rider. The book I found this trail in estimates 2-3.5 hrs..It took me 2 while I was trying to beat sundown. Lots of wildlife (deer, elk).

Customer Service

I did this trail as a loop (14 miles) starting at the Horse Ranch parking on the other side of Kebler Pass (4 miles past the summit). This gives you a good bit of steady climbing all the way back up the pass and over/up to the Lake.

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4
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Rube   [Jun 20, 2000]

GREAT RIDE. INCREDIBLE DOWNHILL. CAN BE TECHNICAL. LAST 2 MILES OF SINGLE TRACK THROUGH THE ASPENS AND FLOWERS IS BREATHTAKING. JUST THE RIGHT LENGTH FOR A CHALLENGING ENJOYABLE RIDE. GREAT RIDE!

Customer Service

PARKED AT HORSE SHOE CANYON. RODE UP THE DIRT RODE AND STARTED RIDE AT LAKE IRWIN.

Similar Products Used: NOT FOR BEGINNERS BUT RECOMMENDED FOR RIDERS WHO RIDE MODERATELY TO FREQUENTLY.
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5
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LeMieux   [Jan 25, 2001]

This is one of the best trails I've ridden except for a half mile or so portion in the middle you have to hike. Otherwise this is a screaming fun singletrack downhill. I can't even remember the uphill because the downhill was so fun.

Customer Service

Started at horse trailer cluster, rode the road up the pass to the trailhead at the top by the lake. I think its "up the pass, go right, stay left, stay left" and your at the start.

Similar Products Used: Most in the CB area.
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5
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Chris   [Mar 11, 2001]

Technical ride, but not overly so. Nice ripping singletrack. Had to hike one climb after attempting it four times, never made it more than 2/3's of the way up. Next time... Great ride, would have been better if we had hit the trail a little earlier. Haven't had a bad ride yet in CB.

Customer Service

Parked at the lake, up the dirt road for a bit, then left and left.

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5
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rude one   [Jul 05, 2001]

tried this one once a year for a few years, before i wrote this one offf. probably a nice fall ride, but in monsoon season it's muddy with sheep grazing heavily make for sheep excrement being flung everywhere, early gully crossings are endo city if not careful. fun downhill through the aspens, slippery when wet. grind back up. if ridden from town, the road up there is busy (at least for a NM rider), even on weekdays. I don't go to CB for these kinds of rides.

Customer Service

lake down to road

Similar Products Used: a plethora of better options. ok if you're stuck in town and trying to do all your rides to trailheads from town.
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3
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