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Soda Creek Loop

Average Rating:    (4.67 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 3

Smooth winding single track, not too technical, with a few steep climbs and beautiful meadow crossing. Uncrowded usually due to its difficult location to find.
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Latitude
39.601720369632524
Longitude
-106.007080078125
Trail Directions
Take I-70 to the Silverthorne Exit. Head East on Highway 6 towards Dillon and Keystone. At the stop light for Swan Mountain Road turn into the Summit Cove neighborhood and drive through the neighborhood on Summit Drive until you come to the Summit Cove elementary school. Park here. The trail starts south of the school in the trees near Dillon Water plant offices. The first section is a steep uphill grunt, then it winds for about 9 miles around the Keystone Ranch golf course. There are many side turns and variations to the main loop. You can pick up a connection to the Colorado Trail and Keystone's West Ridge trail off the main looop too. The last section of the trail follows a flume ditch then crosses the Keystone Ranch paved road, up the hill to the golf course single track trail, then back down the hill to the Summit Cove neighborhood.
Trail Length
9 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
DIllon
   


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Reviews 1 - 3 (3 Reviews Total)

Review Date
July 23, 2015

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Rafael ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This trail starts climbing somewhat steeply once passed Keystone Stables. Then the ride is a series of fast ups and downs through wildflower fields with great views of the mountains and a large meadow with an abandoned homestead below you. There are several trails that intersect this trail that go up the mountains and can access the Colorado Trail but if the rider stays to the right he will continue on the loop. The trail descends to the meadow and then back up through the forest, finally descending into Soda Creek in front of a school near the bike path to Lake Dillon to the west or Keystone to the east. This trail is not technical but it is fast and fun with great views and a backcountry feel even though the rider is close to civilization. It is not a crowded trail but I founded well maintained and easy to follow.

Recommended Route:
Start near the Keystone Stables on Keystone Ranch Road or at the trailhead in Soda Creek. Climb and stay to the right to remain on the trail. There are a couple of choices at the end to descend through the forest but both end up in the Soda Creek urbanization.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Peaks Trail in Breckenridge is one of my favorite!



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Review Date
June 11, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: The Sheriff , from Keystone

Summary:
Super fun "lunch loop". Do some exploring on the singletracks shooting off of this route in the big meadow south of the Keystone Ranch homestead. You won't get lost, and will REALLY enoy the downhills you'll earn. Keep in mind that in a normal summer, it rains around 3pm for an hour or so, and if you ride wet trail, you should have your nuts cut off.

Recommended Route:
You can ride this trail in either direction, with the climbs being short and steep.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Keystone Gulch/West Ridge/Colorado Trail down to the Ranch or Tiger Road. Amazing singletrack either way down...the kind of trail that is packed, firm dirt and soft pine needles with very few rocks the whole way. Give props to the Summit Fat Tire Society for maintaining all this. If you are one of those gapers I always see on a rental bike that sound like you're about to have a heart attack, get out of my way! The LOW POINT for all of these trails is above 9000 feet. Don't skid, either...I'll knock you out if I catch you.



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Review Date
June 4, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Jim , from Golden, CO

Summary:
A Summit County classic. Easy enough to bring your girl on, but fun for most to enjoy. One of the earliest to open in the spring.

Recommended Route:
As above- trailhead- cross small bridge at meadow - left - follow dbl track uphill to top - turn left onto descending singletrack (flume)- left at lake on dbl track return to bridge and trail back.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
The CT anywhere in the county, but Gold Hill. Peaks trail and Ho Chi Min.



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