Western Ridge Trail is a 8.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Gansevoort, New York that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for trail running, mountain biking, and snowshoeing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length8.2 miElevation gain1,909 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashMountain bikingSnowshoeingRunningForestBugsRocky
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Peter Braun
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Perfect day. Nice and cool and great hiking conditions.

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Chad Van
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We was e ears ewww

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Samantha Belcher
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Kyle Coyle
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Daniel G. Alcorn
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Joined at trailhead on Spiers Falls Rd (parking lot opposite Hudson River) and stayed on yellow trail for three lookouts and turned back at marker 7 intersection with orange trail. Despite recent rain, conditions were dry. The yellow trail is mostly very well marked but for a few spots by lookout spots where there are several worn paths. Watch for the wild blueberries and red raspberries near the lookout spots, they are delicious. This is very close to Capital Region and so will return to explore the blue orange and other trails.

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rafaela moreno
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Take yellow trail til it meets with orange becomes yellow and orange trail. Yellow trail ends then go on pink when you see the cairns stay on right and go to green will lead you back to the parking lot. Not really a great view but the terrain is beautiful.

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Mike Goodwin
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Great hike. Parked at both ends.

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Peter Crysdale
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Really wonderful views of the Hudson and the valley beyond without any leaves!

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Matthew Guise
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HikingIcyRockySnow

I ran from the lower parking lot on the Hudson River. I followed orange up to yellow ran the ridge to the parking lot on the other side of the damn and came back. The trial was snow covered and icy near the parking lots but most of the ridge line was hardly traveled with ankle deep snow. It's easy to find your way around and if I were from the area I'd be up there all time.

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Don L
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HikingBlowdownSnow

Hiked 6.5 miles of Western Ridge Trail, 3.25 miles out and back from Spier Falls Road on 12/22. Spier Falls Road lot is not plowed, so there is room for just one car just off the road. First time on this trail in about two years, many of the overlooks have grown in, it seems. About 6 inches of snow on trail, spikes worked well, no need for snowshoes. Saw just two other people on a nice Sunday morning.

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Deb Osterhoudt
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Decided to do a loop of the Eastern Ridge Trail (ERT) and the Western Ridge Trail (WRT). Left car ~ 11:15, hiked up to ERT junction and started making y way to the lookout. Got off trail on an unmarked mountain bike loop for a short bit and the bushwhacked back to the ERT. Made a quick stop for the view of Moreau (busy today) and then started down the Ridge Runner trail and Baker. Loved the Baker Trail - soft footing and great woods. Baker drops to the northern parking for the WRT - drop to parking, walked across and started back up the WRT to finish the loop. Enjoyed the slabby trail, caught some views, almost ran into a hornets nest - ON THE TRAIL - and really enjoyed the meadow like woods at the end of the WRT just before dropping to parking. Back at the car just before 3. Lost Strava at the very end so guessing it is roughly 11 miles, 2100' of gain and 3.75 hours trail time.

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Gee Mon
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HikingBlowdown

Not one of my favorite hikes. Viewing is limited. More moderate than hard for sure. Kind of boring, actually...

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Leslie Zdog Zampella
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HikingBugs

Perfect exercise hike. I would call this a moderate hike. The incline is steep for the first mile and then the rest is fairly easy. I have to wear a bug net to keep the mosquitoes and gnats away from my face. The views are not great. I run into a lot of cyclists. Beware!!! My car window was shattered and the thieves stole my purse!!! Do NOT leave anything valuable in your car!!!!!

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Amanda Duket
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Lara Ayad
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HikingBugs

Mosquitoes, mosquitoes, and more mosquitoes. I wear insanely potent insect repellent, wore pretty light colors, and covered my arms and legs completely, but the bugs were so intolerable I had to turn back after 0.8 miles. There's good variation of incline and decline to get in a workout, even at the very beginning, but the lookouts are minimal and not worth getting eaten alive. Well-marked trail.

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Jennalee Bramer
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Katie Guy
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Great hike, many connecting trails. clearly marked, great views from the western ridge.

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Moe Massry
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Great hike, could use better markings but manageable.

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Mark Wagoner
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nice trail, well marked

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Angela Moses
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great hike but a few spots can get tricky if you aren't paying very close attention to the markers. easy to get turned around.

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Henry Chandler
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Also known as western ridge trail

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Chuck Smith
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Great hike nice view.

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Blake Naranjo
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Amazing trek! Views are amazing!!

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Dylan Thompson
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Hiking

Super awesome views! When you get to the first look out there is a rock face about 20 meters down to the left. a small trail takes you down. It is a must see from that spot!

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Jen White
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Walking

Hiked this one last weekend, what great exercise! took the yellow trail as shown here to the end, steep in the beginning but certainly not hard. at the end we crossed the road, ate lunch at the river, then back up the trail. we then took the blue trail right until we got to the red trail, intersect 3. crossed over back to the yellow and down, 11 miles total in 5.75 hours. its basically a ridge hike, lots of chipmunks and deer. the blue trail was my favorite, in the rocks. ill do this again and try to stay straight and then hit the moreau trails all in one.

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