West Ridge Trail from Loveland Pass

MODERATE 21 reviews
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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.

2.9 miles 725 feet Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

hiking
16 days ago

A little snow up there on 11/15/2016, but it is in good condition. That will likely change tomorrow, as storms and much colder temps are coming in. Its a beautiful hike from the pass, get there early and during the week if possible, to avoid crowds.

1 month ago

2 months ago

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!

hiking
2 months ago

majestic

hiking
3 months ago

Great view good practice to get ready for 14teener

3 months ago

Beautiful day. Nice trail. Easy for flat landers. Nice views. 80 min RT.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful wild flowers and stunning views.

4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike great day. Beautiful views and wild flowers

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4 months ago

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5 months ago

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6 months ago

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!

1 year ago

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1 year ago

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1 year ago

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.

geocaching
1 year ago

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!

1 year ago

hiking
3 years ago

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!

hiking
3 years ago

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.

hiking
3 years ago

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.