West Ridge Trail from Loveland Pass is a 2.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Dillon, CO that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until August.
I love this trail for the majestic views and the fantastic opportunities to observe pikas (my favorite Rocky Mountain critter!). Once you get past the people taking pictures with the continental divide sign, you nearly always have the trail entirely to yourself. It's fun to just set out and go as far as you feel like going on this trail. Nonstop views, great workout, and of course, adorable pikas!
Great view good practice to get ready for 14teener
Beautiful day. Nice trail. Easy for flat landers. Nice views. 80 min RT.
Beautiful wild flowers and stunning views.
Great hike great day. Beautiful views and wild flowers
My brother's an I just completed our hike up to the top to honor our mom's finial wishes, to have her ashes scattered here. She loved it here. Coming from Ga and Fl. I would recommend giving yourself a day or two to get adjusted to the altitude. The first day we arrived and just drove by to take a quick look and I had to stop 3 times just climbing the stairs at the pass due to dizziness and couldn't catch my breath. I hike all the time in GA, THIS is totally different. lol Also bring sunscreen, gloves, water, snacks, and chap stick. It was about 30 degrees and 30-40 mph wind when we went. Still plenty of snow on the ground May 21st. Walking sticks were helpful. The climb was not too bad but for us lowlanders it was the elements and thin air...we just took our time. It took us about 2.5 hrs to reach the top and about 2hrs to get back down. Glad we went, the 360 degree views from the top were absolutely amazing!
Try to get to the trail head early as parking is limited. Most people only hike the first 1/4 mile due to the increase in elevation. The views throughout the hike are phenomenal. At the end of the trail you look out toward Montezuma and Keystone. Recommend water and sunscreen due to elevation.
Hiked trail Aug 1, 2015. The weather was great! Parking lot very full, but most people don't hike past the first 1/4 mile or so. Great views!
Very cool trail. Above the tree line the entire time. Definitely worth it to get to the top. The views are incredible. Once at the top, we hiked the last like half mile to the top of Sniktau Mtn. The view from there was very cool. You could see Gray and Torrey's peak easily!
Great first trail to hike to get the body acclimated to the altitude. I came from Kentucky and headed straight here. No altitude sickness but had to drink a lot of water. The drive is amazing and the hike is easy although I was out of breath the entire time not used to the altitude yet.
I did a stupid here; I flew into Denver, grabed my rental jeep, headed up the pass and got out and started hiking. You guessed it, I was sick by the sumit. The views were incredible but I just wanted to get down a few thousand feet. Love to do it again, but with the proper amount of time spent adjusting to altitude.
Incredible views. Serious altitude. The highway looks like ribbon. Slow going due to the lack of air. Whatever air there is, however, is fresh. But don't expect many trees or streams.