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Western Ridge Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.2 (6)

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


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Map Key

3.7

Miles

6.0

KM

Point to Point

307' 94 m

High

76' 23 m

Low

219' 67 m

Up

331' 101 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

14%

Max Grade (8°)

Dogs Leashed

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.

Contacts

Shared By:

Doug Hay

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  4.2 from 6 votes

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  4.2 from 6 votes
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#132

in Washington, DC

#8,064

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Western Ridge Trail
Jan 9, 2015 near Washington, DC
Carolina wren.
Mar 21, 2016 near Washington, DC
Hen of the Woods.
Mar 8, 2016 near Washington, DC
Rock Creek Park Nature Center.
Apr 14, 2016 near Washington, DC
Green blazes marking the Western Ridge Trail in Rock Creek Park.
Apr 20, 2016 near Washington, DC
Rock Creek Park Community Gardens.
Mar 8, 2016 near Washington, DC

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Feb 3, 2020
Nick Mariotti
5.8mi — 1h 57m
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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