August 9, 2011
Make no mistake, the Dyke trail is a difficult ride, especially if you're traveling from anywhere near sea level! Also, unlike many Rocky Mountain rides, the Dyke trail doesn't have a long climb to begin and a long, relaxing descent at the end. On this ride you are constantly going up and down... and doing so steeply. I spent a lot of time pushing my bike. Some of that has to do with the elevation, and some of that has to do with the sheer steepness of the trail and difficulty of the ride. Add in the fact that the ride finishes with about a 5 mile climb and you have one tough route on your hands.
Also, this trail sees heavy horse use since it is near a “horse ranch.” This makes it delightfully technical in spots and down right brutal in others (mainly the creek crossings). Hold on to your horses—this trail is one wild ride!