“This popular and convenient trail is satisfying as a workout and has good views to boot!
— Megan W
Fall Colors · Views · Wildlife
Trails in the West Avon Preserve are usually closed from November to April for deer/elk winter habitat (signs will be posted). Dogs must either be leashed or under voice control.
Packed dirt, not rooty or rocky, no shade.
From the junction with the June Creek Trail
climb steadily up winding, gentle switchbacks. Many of the corners are bermed for mountain bikers, but plenty of people run this trail too.
Upon reaching the ridge, enjoy the views of Beaver Creek ski area, the golf courses and valley around Avon. This is dry, scrubby landscape. Plunge off the southern end of the ridge and descend through long switchbacks to reach the intersection with the Avon Singletree Connector ASC. Here the Wild West Ridge Trail ends, but it is easy to continue west on the ASC trail to reach the neighborhoods and form a loop.
Bikes are allowed on the Wild West Ridge Trail, so keep an ear out for them.
Flora & Fauna
Sage, pinyon, cactus, cedar, scrub. Some drought-tolerant wildflowers. Hawks.