Western Ridge Trail, Rock Creek, Valley Trail

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Western Ridge Trail, Rock Creek, Valley Trail is a 5.2 mile loop trail located near Washington, District of Columbia that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. 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
5.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
715 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

wildlife

Check for closures during Beach Drive Construction 2018: https://www.nps.gov/rocr/learn/management/beach-drive-rehabilitation.htm

3 days ago

Great hike, but it is more moderate than easy. The trail was also had to follow since it was comprised of a couple of other trails.

hiking
1 month ago

Good for a day's workout. Trail has good tree cover and stays cooler.

hiking
9 months ago

I went there a few weeks ago, the trail to the north east was closed off. I took the a road along side but it is also technically closed off to public. FYI, you end up at a police station at the end of the road so I wouldnt recommend sneaking around, wait until the construction is done and the roads reopen.

hiking
9 months ago

Information regarding open trails during beach dr construction would be highly valued.

hiking
10 months ago

Really a nice park, though it would be helpful to have more information posted about what trails are closed due to the Beach Drive construction. It resulted in a bit of backtracking because routes were closed off.

hiking
10 months ago

This is my favorite spot to go for a hike in the city. It's beautiful, the trails are well marked, and during the week you won't see many people. There are more people on the weekend, but due to the size of Rock Creel Park, I never felt it was too many people.

hiking
11 months ago

nice trail that requires sightly now attention than most

hiking
Sunday, August 13, 2017

Nice relaxing trail to walk on.

hiking
Sunday, July 09, 2017

Beautiful trail, but poorly marked trails/trail maps.

hiking
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

safe but not challenging at all .
view is okay.

trail running
Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Rock Creek trails offer a great escape from the city! They're easy to run on and well maintained.

backpacking
Friday, March 03, 2017

Great Trail

trail running
Saturday, February 25, 2017

Wonderful trail. Occasionally terrifying at night (was surrounded by 10 fearless deer this evening).

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Great trail, I walk, and cycling with my family, and many people do the same.

hiking
Saturday, September 24, 2016

Everyone loves rock creek because it is in DC and easy to get to. However, the trails are nothing special. For a park visited by so many people, the trail markers are poorly done. It is very easy to get confused.

Sunday, August 07, 2016

I love the Rock Creek trails. Somewhat difficult to find due to gate closures. But well worth the hassle. The streams that run parallel to the trail offer the perfect nature oasis. Terrain is hilly in some parts and flat in others. Quiet and peaceful with an occasional horse or two that will pass. My fav trail in DC.

hiking
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Parked at the Nature Center and took the West Ridge Trail to the Washington Zoo. Just a little over 3 miles one way. The zoo is free but the parking is $22 a car. If you don't mind walking, park free in the park.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Can't beat it for a quick escape in the city. Trails range from rocky footpaths to paved roads along the creek. Great trails to bring the dog on too! Easy parking right at the trailheads.

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