“Run this rambling ridgetop trail for in-your-face views of Beaver Creek and the surrounding hills.
— Megan W
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. No bikes or motorized vehicles allowed on this trail.
Mostly packed dirt trail, some loose and embedded rocks on ridge.
This trail is designated as hiking only on maps and is not given a specific name on the metal trailhead signs at the West Avon Preserve, but old maps call it the Overlook Trail. The aptness of this name is confirmed as you run south and the dramatic views of the ski areas improve greatly.
This mix of single and doubletrack covers dry, scrubby terrain with open views in all directions. A viewpoint with two picnic tables is an inviting place to rest. Eventually the trail narrows, drops over the edge of the point and fades out. From here you can see Nottingham Lake, the town of Avon and the lower squiggly trails of the West Avon Preserve. Retrace your steps back to the start.
Sage, pinyon, cactus, cedar, scrub. Some drought-tolerant wildflowers. Hawks.