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blue West Loop

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0.5 mile 0.8 kilometer point to point
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 358' 109 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 708' 216 m
Low: 349' 107 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 13% (8°)
Max Grade: 51% (27°)

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Trail shared by Eric Ashley

The West Loop is a progressively steeper trail that passes large trees and a beautiful ravine.

Eric Ashley

Features Birding

Family Friendly Kids will like the large trees and forest views, but the steep grades might be too much as part of a long loop.

Description

The bottom of West Loop starts at an opening in the trees at the intersection with Up Quick and the Darvill Trail. The trail heads west and soon enters an open forest with large trees spaced about, including several maples. As it continues to traverse, it wraps around the base of a massive Douglas fir (perhaps the largest in the park).

Where the trail begins heading northward, large ferns envelop the narrow singletrack as it meanders uphill. Ahead, a small turn nestled in a clearing makes a nice spot to pause before following the trail as it parallels a ravine on an increasingly steeper grade. Higher up, the West Loop skirts the edge, providing a good resting point and views down into the fern-covered drainage.

The final stage of the ascent opens with a punchy and rooty section followed by a steep grade that will make you glad to see the intersection ahead where the West Loop, Julieann Trail, Bonnie and Clyde's, and Fred's Trail gather.

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