West Ridge Trail

MODERATE 51 reviews
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West Ridge Trail is a 2.4 mile loop trail located near Weston, Missouri that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.4 miles
295 feet

dogs on leash


nature trips

trail running




wild flowers




This trail connects to Harpst Trail and the Paved Bicycle Trail and is normally accessed from the Overlook parking area by means of the Harpst Trail. When combined with hiking times on the Harpst Trail and the Paved Bicycle Trail, actual hiking time could be up to 2.5 hours. The trail offers some of the best panoramic views available of the Missouri River valley bordering Fort Leavenworth, Kan. Also in view is the city of Leavenworth to the southwest and the Iatan Power Plant to the northwest. Sections of the trail are steep and have exposed tree roots and occasionally muddy conditions. The trail offers excellent opportunities for observing native and migrating birds, as well as a variety of flora and fauna.

5 months ago

Good hike for the location. Waiting on fall to head back, should be beautiful.

5 months ago

Easy hike with decent views. Can imagine it'd be much more beautiful in the fall with the changing colors.

6 months ago

Great trail.. we brought our dog for a morning hiking session outside KC. Didn't give it 5 only because the views weren't all that spectacular and the trail head was a bit deceiving. We ended up walking more than we needed to, which is fine just a little confusing.

6 months ago

Good hike, some steep hills nice views of the river

6 months ago

Nice little hike. Keep dogs on leash. if they like bounding into the woods without looking they might fall off of a very high ridge/cliff.

9 months ago

Really nice hiking. The trails hold up when damp too.

9 months ago

Pretty trail, overlooks the Missouri River on the west side of the loop. Unfortunately, a coal train goes by every twenty minutes or so ruining the peace.

10 months ago

Take plenty of water with you, lots of hills!

11 months ago

A great day and beautiful walk.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Nice local trail for me at one time.
Good place to get out of the city and into nature.

Monday, February 06, 2017

Not the most scenic, but a nice set of trails. There are some views off of the west ridge, where you can look over into Kansas. I got about 2.5 miles in a loop. Part of the trail enters the paved course. You can copy and paste the link below for details.


Thursday, November 17, 2016

good 2.25 mile trail,they have revised it so it isn't straight out and back. took our 4 year old and she made it the whole way.

Sunday, November 06, 2016

We started at sunrise. Sight was beautiful. Overlook the river and trains. We also had three deer across our trail. We are going back soon. Well worth the 45 mins drives from my house. Wish it was a longer hike.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

it was beautiful... the kids and I had fun... nice views.... the river is beautiful! lots of flowers we identified a few :)

Saturday, April 09, 2016

great trail make sure it's been dry for a couple days before you hike. it could be muddy otherwise.

Sunday, April 03, 2016

good views of the river. I enjoyed it.

Friday, December 11, 2015

My review is a repeat of what I wrote on the page for the Paved Bike Trail. The AllTrails description above captures this trail well.
I really like to walk/hike the Paved Bike Trail until it reaches the Harpst/Overlook trails. Then you're on a natural trail and climbing up the ridge to reach a large wooden deck to overlook the Missouri River. From there, join the West Ridge Trail and follow it along the top of the ridge, with the river below you and Leavenworth, KS just across the River. It's great to be on the trail when the leaves are all down, because the view of the Missouri River is really fantastic. Definitely watch for tree roots and precarious areas where the ridge drops off! Some barbed fencing, so be careful if you bring pups with you (canine or human!).

Descend the West Ridge Trail to meet up with the paved trail again, and you still have about 2 miles to loop back to the TH.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Love this hike. The best around this area, specially during fall. A bit challenging, which is awesome! Great views of MO lake. A must do if you love to hike and live around the KC metro area.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Was in St. Joe for business and stopped by park on way home. Simple hike along the bluff overlooking the Missouri river. Worth the hike when at the Park. Not a destination hike.

9 days ago

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