ElevationAscent: 358' 109 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 708' 216 m
Low: 349' 107 m
GradeAvg Grade: 13% (8°)
Max Grade: 51% (27°)
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“The West Loop is a progressively steeper trail that passes large trees and a beautiful ravine.”— Eric Ashley
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.
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.