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blue Western Ridge Trail

Trail

3.7 mile 6.0 kilometer point to point
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 219' 67 m
Descent: -331' -101 m
High: 307' 94 m
Low: 76' 23 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 14% (8°)

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Trail shared by Doug Hay

A mostly smooth trail traversing the entire western side of Rock Creek Park.

Doug Hay

Features Birding · River/Creek · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

Western Ridge Trail is one of the more popular trails through Rock Creek Park. Offering just under 5 miles of trail, this route will take you up and down the ridges offering views of the river and surrounding area. The trail itself switches a few times between hiking and biking during the first few miles, then ultimately to a shared hiking/horse trail for the last third or so. For the most part the trail is well marked (green blazes) and well defined, with moderate terrain. Once you move past the first section, the trail widens a bit with better footing.

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Mar 26, 2019
Joe A
Early weekday trek on a clear crisp day. Trail was dry, few people and peaceful except leaf blowers in the distance for the first third. 3mi — 1h 20m
Sep 15, 2018
Jacqueline Carter
Sep 15, 2018
Laura Fish
Sep 2, 2018
Jacqueline Carter
Aug 4, 2018
Jacqueline Carter
Jun 22, 2018
Ceylan Alkan
I love this trail. Its a getaway from the city life right in the middle of DC.
Mar 31, 2016
Erika Laubach

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