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Dyke Trail

Average Rating:    (4.44 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 16

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.
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Latitude
38.869722
Longitude
-106.987222
Trail Directions
From Butte take Forest road 12 toward Kebler pass. As the road branches head toward Irwin Lake. Pass the Irwin Lake campground on your right and head to ward Irwin lodge. The trailhead is just past the Campground before the lodge. It is well marked.
Trail Length
8 miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Crested Butte
   


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Review Date
November 21, 2012

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Julie ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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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Review Date
September 25, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: telemarkrg ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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 . . .

Recommended Route:
Wait until late Sept to enjoy the aspens!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Deadman/Flag loop; Pearl Pass in and out



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Review Date
August 20, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: ColoMtnBiker ,  Cross Country Rider , from Highlands Ranch, CO

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
401, Deer Creek



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Review Date
August 17, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: imtnbke ,  Cross Country Rider , from Oakland, Calif., USA

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
401, 403, Gunsight Pass.



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Review Date
September 26, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

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Reviewed by: isaac , from boulder

Summary:
Yup. It's a great trail as eveyone here is noting. Just a ripper for the most part with enough technical problems to keep you honest (maybe a 6.5 out of 10 on the tech scale) one good push of 10-15 minutes in the middle and all the gorgeous aspens you'd ever want to see in your entire life in the second half of the ride!! Go for it - it's one of my moderate CB favorites.

Recommended Route:
The rd ride is kinda busy and a grind so I sometimes park at Kebler pass, ride the road the 2 or 3 miles up past the lake to the trailhead and then down to the horsepark at the end,stash the bike, and hitch up from there. Works pretty well (folks are friendly) but not so much traffic toward the end of the day so you can get stranded!



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