West Ridge Trail via Loveland Pass

Difficulty
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Easy
Duration
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1.5-2h
Distance
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4.5 km
Elevation
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195 m
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You will feel as though you are on top of the world as when you summit the Continental Divide. The West Ridge Trail via Loveland Pass hike is a wonderfully manageable hike up the Divide that the whole family can experience. Albeit, it will still be extremely chilly and windy, but you won’t have to scramble up technical terrain to ascend the ridge.

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Route Description for West Ridge Trail via Loveland Pass

Shockingly enough, there is a Continental Divide summit hike that even most children can complete. The West Ridge Trail via Loveland Pass adventure is short and sweet with gradual elevation gain. Make sure you are acclimated to the high altitude of the area prior to setting out, but hikers of most skill-levels should be able to manage this hike. Note that it will be extremely windy and cold as you climb, so wear plenty of layers and pack some water for the climb. As always, we recommend checking the weather prior to setting out to mitigate the chances of getting caught in an afternoon storm.

Begin your adventure up the West Ridge Trail via Loveland Pass from the West Ridge Trailhead. Begin climbing southwest up the exposed path. Notice the Loveland Pass Lake in the south. Hike up the rocky terrain and the route will begin to curve you north. Ascend the ridge, and you will eventually summit the West Ridge.

At the end of the trail, you will be rewarded with panoramic views. Notice Mount Sniktau in the northeast and Cupid Peak in the southeast. Admire the expansive vistas and take a breather before heading back. To get back to the trailhead simply retrace your steps along the path.

Getting to the West Ridge Trail via Loveland Pass Trailhead

West Ridge Trail via Loveland Pass is off US Highway 6.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground

    No

  • When to do

    April-October

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    Yes

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    High

  • Route Type

    Out and back

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