Summit County Bike Trails: Keystone Gulch
Keystone Gulch Road climbs gradually along a lively stream near the base of Keystone Mountain. Options further up the drainage include a challenging climb to North Peak and a loop combining abandoned logging roads and the West Ridge section of the Colorado Trail.
Description: Begin pedaling up Keystone Gulch Road. Novices will enjoy the first few miles of this well-maintained dirt road. It climbs gradually along a meandering stream and through a shady forest. Wind along the base of the ski area, passing two chairlifts. At 4.5 miles, near the third chairlift, the road veers left and begins climbing more steeply. Novices may want to turn around here. To reach North Peak, ascend steadily for a couple of miles. At about 6 miles (just before the top), there’s a fork to the right near a gate. Either continue straight to North Peak and the Outpost Restaurant, which is usually open for lunch, or, for more exploring, turn right onto the side road. Climb over rocky terrain for a little over a mile to the scenic Erickson Mine. This historic structure is private and fragile; please view it from a distance. Since this side trip is mainly above timberline, make sure the weather is good before you head out.
Know Before You Go: When traveling within Keystone Ski Area’s boundary, stay on routes designated for bike travel and expect vehicles on Keystone Gulch Road.
Parking: From I-70, follow Hwy 6 east to Keystone. At the stoplight, turn right onto Keystone Road. Turn left immediately, cross the Snake River and turn right onto Soda Ridge Road. Drive 0.4 miles and turn left onto Keystone Gulch Road. Park near the gate.
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