Kebler Pass Area – County Rd 12

Ride Details

Difficulty: Intermediate
Distance: Varies
Climb: Varies
Descend: Varies
Status: Recently Groomed
Last Groomed: 03/12/2019
Trail Type: packed road/groomed road
Trail Conditions:

3/21 – From your observations! Thank you, Robbie! Rode to Lily using the Ohio Pass access and then down Splains. Sno Trackers groomed last night and the surface up to the Irwin turn was good but not as good as a few days ago because they did not groom out to the edge as they usually do. There was a little more rolling resistance but still very easy pedaling and the surface improved heading up Ohio Pass and was fine up the steep trail to Lily, improving  as we went up. Gorgeous section of trail to get to Lily, very atmospheric, when I could breathe. The ride around Lily was excellent and going down Splains was a blast. It was much colder on Kebler/Lily and not soft at all. No punching through, all a hard base.

A super ride for the adventurous, only a little skill required, brains and common sense definite handicaps.

Helpful hint – ride before noon to avoid the wind that always blows down from Kebler Pass. Fun ride back down with the wind at my back.

Be sure to check with the CBAC about avalanche conditions! Proceed with caution. Be safe out there!

 

Description

Kebler Pass is a designated motorized corridor. It sees very frequent snowmobile use, has guided snowmobile tours, is cared for by Gunnison County SNOTrackers, and is the access point for Eleven Experience operations at Irwin. If you’re looking for a quiet area – this may not be your place, but with all the use there, does come great packed surfaces, including regular grooming. Kebler Pass is 7 miles up the road, a gradual climb, and drainages off to the sides (Irwin Campground (3), Ohio Pass (4), Splains (2), climb a bit more. But that always leads to a fun downhill! You can also continue over Kebler Pass towards Lost Lake (5) if you’re really looking to put in some miles. Sometimes SNOtrackers grooms all the way to Erikson Springs – 20 miles out!  During heavy snow, these roads and tracks can get buried very fast and the riding disappears until the locals get out and play in it! Kebler Trailhead is 2 miles from Town. Try to leave the North side parking for trailers and larger vehicles – and be sure to ride smart and single file as there is a lot of fast moving traffic. Beginner to Expert

Gunnison County SnoTrackers website and info HERE.

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