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Western Ridge Trail

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

3.7 mile 6.0 kilometer point to point
98% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

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

Runner Notes

This is a great trail if you are new to trail running, especially the section between picnic area 28 and Military Road.

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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  4.2 from 6 votes

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#128

in Washington, DC

#7,738

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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
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
Rock Creek Park Nature Center.
Apr 14, 2016 near Washington, DC

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