West Ridge Trail, wow, what a hike! At the top of Loveland Pass. I thought I’d seen the best views before from high alpine hikes but not like this.

 

Think you need pine trees for an exciting Colorado hike? Well, no you really don’t. This hike is exhilarating.

 

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At the top of Loveland Pass is a pull off area for parking, you can’t miss it. Across the street is a set of stairs … don’t be intimidated! They are steep but you can do it and it’s worth it. 

 

This is Westridge Trail (I did not see a trail sign) but this was it.

 

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At the top of the stairs, it gets steeper again but for a short uphill climb then levels off to an amazing hike that is easy going. 

 

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Just at the summit we found most turned around after taking in the views but we continued on the trail going across the ridge top.

 

 

 

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Views of Keystone Ski Resort and then beyond to Breckenridge Ski Resort on our left were thrilling.

 

MORE TRAILS WE LOVED and WANT TO SHARE…

Herman Gulch Trail, Adventure into Snowcapped Mountains 

McCullough Gulch Trail, is as Good as it Gets!

Lily Pad Lakes Trail. is Unforgettable

Ptarmigan Lake Trail, is Pristine Colorado Hiking

 

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Views down the valley on our right were impressive, amazing, breathtaking … simply incredible.

Hiking across the ridge top was a fairly easy flat trail…

 

A trail you want to be prepared for with appropriate hiking gear. Please check out “What’s in Your Day Pack” for a list of recommended items anytime hiking.

 

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But the wind was at times terrifying! Big gusts that seemed to take you right off the ground. However, we did stay rooted and keep on going…

 

Bring extra outdoor gear, even in summer. I actually put on my down coat, the wind was chilly.


 

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At the very end of the trail we came upon this rocky area which at first we almost skipped. DON’T SKIP IT! Gotta see the other side…


 

 

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Views of Loveland Ski Area are on the other side of the rocks. You can see the chairlifts and upper buildings. I was so excited looking down on Loveland Ski area which holds some of my most precious memories. 

One of my favorite hikes of the season.

Come on a clear day and I encourage you to go past the summit and take in all Westridge Trail has to offer.

Even first time hikers … West Ridge Trail can be done!

 

Be mindful of the high altitude on this trail if new to Colorado or visiting. Would not recommend if not acclimated to areas above 10,000 ft. 

 

Watch for ever changing Colorado weather above tree line. Comes in fast and furious at times. Head back down quickly at the earliest signs of rain, lightning, sleet, or snow. 

ADD this to your day! Loveland Lakes Trail, it’s just down the road and an easy hike around 3 alpine lakes.

LOCATED: Top of Loveland Pass, Colorado

TIDBITS

Rated: Moderate

2.8 miles out and back

Elevation: 11,990 ft

No restrooms

No trees

Dog friendly

Nearest Town: Dillon CO or Georgetown CO

HAPPY TRAILS…

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