“A mostly smooth trail traversing the entire western side of Rock Creek Park.”
— Doug Hay
Birding · River/Creek · Wildflowers · Wildlife
This is a great trail if you are new to trail running, especially the section between picnic area 28 and Military Road.
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.