“The West Loop is a progressively steeper trail that passes large trees and a beautiful ravine.”
— Eric Ashley
Kids will like the large trees and forest views, but the steep grades might be too much as part of a long loop.
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