Editor’s note: Throughout the summer the Summit Daily will be running weekly trail guides from our annual Explore Summit County Bike Guide every Friday and Saturday. The guides will be a mix of dirt trails, singletrack and paved roads.
This week we’re going to look at a popular section of the Lake Dillon rec path. While the path goes all the way around the lake, on both paved trails and roadways, the section of the ride between Frisco and Dillon makes for a pleasant, moderate ride on its own. The route provides great views of Dillon Reservoir and a scenic ride along the Snake River to Keystone Resort.
Know Before You Go: The route passes through a portion of Keystone’s River Course. Please stay on the path and respect areas posted as restricted to bikes. Check out the new paved community pathway between The River Course entrance and Summit Cove to access singletrack trails at the golf course.
Parking: In Frisco, parking is available at the marina in public lots adjacent to Main Street. The main Keystone parking lot is along the north side of Highway 6 across from the Keystone Lodge. In Dillon, parking is available at the marina, and along Highway 9 at the intersection with Tenderfoot Street. (Tenderfoot Trailhead), the Dillon Nature Preserve trailhead and the Snake River inlet parking north of Swan Mountain Road.
Description: The first part of the ride utilizes the description outlined for the around-the-lake loop up to Swan Mountain Road. From there, the path crosses the intersection of Swan Mountain Road at the light and continues north adjacent to Highway 6 along the Snake River as you enter Keystone. Stay on the trail in sections that pass near private property above the river. Once you cross beneath County Road 8 (West Keystone Road), bear right, climb a slight hill and continue until the pathway ends in the Mountain House parking lot. From there, the route alternates between paved pathway and roads. For more information, pick up a copy of Keystone’s Trail Map at the Mountain Bike Headquarters in River Run or call (970) 496-3610.
Additional trail information is also available in the free annual Explore Summit County Bike Guide.