Lily Lake and Dyke Trail
Today’s we rode out off Kebler Pass. We rode Keblar Wagon Trail out to Splains Gulch and climbed up an around Lily Lake. It wasn’t a very big lake and well, from the pictures you’ll be able to see why it’s named such. We continued on up past Irwin Lake to Dyke Trail.
The first part of Dyke is a gem. This is a remote ride that has canopied forests, wildflowers, and stunning high alpine views. After a lot of descending we got to the part I didn’t enjoy as much. The trail drops and climbs steeply a dozen times or so and it was a struggle after all the miles we’d already ridden today. At the bottom, we had to climb road a long way back up to our car. My legs felt the 24 miles and 3,276′ climbing.
Multiple people had told us this ride is a must do. I agree with reservations. Doctor Park singletrack is A+. The upper part is through dark rooty, rocky forest with several drops and swoopy corners. This section was definitely more advanced and I loved it. The trail then buffs out a bit and is high speed through aspen groves. Lastly, you hit the steep, loose, tight switchback section that is littered with technical rock gardens.
So, my reservations…for this 7 mile section of heaven, we had to climb something like 14 miles of gravel or dirt roads. Those aren’t the ratios I prefer. Still, an awesome trail.