Western Ridge Trail

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Western Ridge Trail is a 8.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Washington, District of Columbia that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 8.9 miles Elevation Gain: 1,112 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

road biking

walking

running

forest

partially paved

river

city walk

hiking
rocky
scramble
9 days ago

This was a great trail! Pretty well marked (Teal blue) throughout. The exception is between 2.15 and 3.0 miles. You definitely need to pay attention to the map at cruising points because you can get turned around. Now about that turnaround point OMG what a scramble. Be prepared for a short scramble and rock climbing. That part of the trail is narrow so be careful on the decent. Foot placement can be crucial. The waterfall and open waterways was a nice reward after the scramble. You can take a break right there before you head back. I’ll be doing this one again.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice trail! Made a loop up the strenuous into moderate. Was pretty muddy the closer you get to that loop.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful trails and very well maintained.

hiking
muddy
4 months ago

running
muddy
rocky
scramble
4 months ago

Ideal for a trail running.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice trail

hiking
9 months ago

Nice and easy trail, very poorly marked though.

hiking
10 months ago

Fun trail. Fairly easy to follow...we also had a very detailed blog post. We clocked 3.5 mile one way though so not sure if we got lost somewhere. The one way from boundary to pierce mill was about 1hr 45min.

hiking
muddy
Sat Mar 02 2019

hiking
muddy
Sat Jan 26 2019

Sun Sep 02 2018

Great little trail — trail switches back between paved surface and dirt a few times — was a little hard to follow paired with road crossings & less than ideal markings. However, it’s a great series of trails right in DC with good views of the park and creek!

hiking
Sun Apr 01 2018

This is a great hike right in the downtown DC area. You can combine it with the eastern side to make it a nice loop vice an out and back. Interesting bits of history at signs and markers along the way.

Mon Mar 19 2018

Not well marked at all, with lots of smaller branching trails. Overall, a good trail but poorly marked.

hiking
Mon Jan 22 2018

Had a good hike, but was frustrated by the poorly marked trail system. Hiked north from the nature center on the western ridge trail, then returned on the valley trail. Many forks in trail with no indication ofwhich trail is which. Blazes and trail markers seemed sparse.

hiking
Thu Sep 14 2017

nice trail

Sun Jun 18 2017

Great scenic view. Water and open woods. Paths are pretty wide. Folks were really friendly.

running
Wed May 03 2017

Good for trail running and an escape from DC!

hiking
Mon Sep 12 2016

A shady walk through the woods, often along the creek. It crosses some roads, which can have traffic congestion during rush hours.

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road biking
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