West Ridge Trail from Loveland Pass

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West Ridge Trail from Loveland Pass is a 2.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Dillon, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until August. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
639 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

Wind blown and trail used for back country skiing. Recommend bringing yak tracks and snowshoes because you’ll need each at different points of the trail

snowshoeing
1 month ago

Snowshoed half of trail 12/13/18 but unfortunately a storm rolled in and we got whited out and had to turn back. If you plan on snowshoeing be sure to have a solid pair with lots of grip. My MSR’s did great but my wife has a pair of Tubbs with one set of spikes under ball of foot and none on cage. She slipped and fell several times on side slopes

hiking
2 months ago

The views were amazing! The trail is above tree line, so be prepared for strong winds.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice out and back. Great views

4 months ago

All above treeline tundra. Pikas, marmots, chipmunks. Cool 50F and no snow yet on September 4. Clear sky. No people on the trail contrary to Sniktau trail.

hiking
5 months ago

Delightful moderate hike above the treeline. Outstanding vistas. Last cairn is a throne!

hiking
5 months ago

Did this in the evening around sunset. Absolutely INCREDIBLE at that time. We stayed late and could see the Milky Way!

hiking
5 months ago

Great trail, stunning views!

5 months ago

Love this trail.... so amazing. the views!

hiking
5 months ago

Very beautiful hike. The views are amazing! Saw lots of marmots. Not a hard hike

6 months ago

It was on the shorter side actually clocked 3.5O miles. Pretty easy. Felt like I could do more. That's the only reason not 5 stars. Beautiful scenery.

6 months ago

Beautiful. Wildflowers almost at peak. Not too windy and no snow on trail.

hiking
7 months ago

Amazing views--especially from the top. Few small areas of snow to cross--but done easily. First 1/2 mile intense, but levels out after that.

hiking
7 months ago

June 10 2018, still snowed over on the trail in a few key places, lots of traffic but most drop out after the first or second climb.

hiking
7 months ago

Altitude is rough at first but the hike is beautiful. Views the whole way!

hiking
7 months ago

Fantastic views and super close to the highway so it was a great way to break up our drive back to the city.

7 months ago

Very windy but worth it. Amazing views from the start and they just get better.

hiking
8 months ago

Be ready for intense winds and still crossing a few snow fields. The view from the ridge line is beautiful if you can handle the gusts. The parking lot is heavily used by back-country skiers, so get there early if you want a spot. There have also been many recent spring avalanches along Loveland pass, so keep your eyes out while driving as well.

snowshoeing
11 months ago

You know how the previous reviews mentioned “don’t sleep on the wind?” Yeah, well, do not! Staggering views from the start that keep getting better. No protection from elements, which only adds to the fun.

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Outstandingly beautiful trail, but seriously gusty/dangerous winds at the summit. I do not recommend hiking it alone, as I needed to hold on to someone to make sure I was not blown over. Microspikes not needed.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Great views, but make sure you layer up. HEAVY winds and temps below freezing now

hiking
Saturday, August 19, 2017

Incredible views all the way to the top. It was pretty windy though, so it would probably be a good idea to bring some earmuffs.

hiking
Thursday, August 10, 2017

Amazing views! The first .5 mile is pretty steep but it levels out after that. Worth every step.

hiking
Sunday, August 06, 2017

Beautiful views all around! There were some steep inclines, but nothing too hard to make it.

hiking
Friday, August 04, 2017

Spectacular views all along this ridge top hike. There's a huff and puff climb from 12k to 12.5k ft in the beginning but it levels off after that. We could see Arapaho Basin and Keystone from the top. It was windy and chilly in August.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Hiked this one yesterday.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

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hiking
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

I completed this hike in August of 2016 and yes it's a shorter hike but it is still tough! The views are incredible. The mountains seem to go on forever and ever. It wasn't heavily crowded when I was there which was very pleasant and allowed me to take in the scenery along.

hiking
Monday, March 06, 2017

Did this hike and Mt Sniktau on the same day and LOVED both hikes. This is definitely the easier of the two but both offered amazing views from different sides of Loveland Pass. I would highly recommend this hike. - Completed July 23 2016

hiking
Wednesday, November 16, 2016

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.

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