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West Ridge Trail – Dillon Colorado

Distance: 14 miles
Rating: Moderate – More Difficult
Time: 3 Hours
Elevation: 9,240 – 11,920 ft.
Type: Out & Back, Dirt road
Season: June – October
GPS Coords: 39.601081,-105.976185

Description: Begin your ride up Keystone Gulch. The GPS Coordinates will place you at the beginning of that road. Novices will enjoy the first few miles of this well-maintained dirt road. It climbs gradually along a meandering stream and through a shady forest. Wind along the base of the ski area, pass two chairlifts. At 4.5 miles, near the third chairlift, the road veers left and begins climbing more steeply. Just after it veers right near the third chairlift at 4.5 miles and begins climbing toward North Peak, turn right onto a road near a maintenance building. Climb along a hillside for almost 0.5 miles, crossing two ski runs. At about the 5 mile mark, take a spur road on the right ( The main road dead ends further up South Peak) that drops to a meadow and crosses a stream. Climb along an abandoned logging road, which switchbacks upward. After a long flat section, you reach a 3-way junction at 6 miles. To reach West Ridge, stay left and continue climbing. Several abandoned side roads along this section may be a bit confusing. You should be able to still pick out the main route. After a switchback to the left, the road narrows and eventually becomes a single track that climbs to connect with the Colorado Trail at nearly 7 miles. Turn sharply right onto the Colorado Trail and meander along West Ridge. Anticipate a lot of other trail users on the section of the route. Use caution around blind corners. I almost took someone out on this section.At about 8 miles, you’ll reach a side trail on the right. Take this spur and descend to another logging road. Turn right for a long fun descent through a series of switchbacks. At the bottom, cross the creek, turn left onto keystone Gulch road and continue descending to your car.

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