Summit County Bike Trails: West Ridge
Description: Follow the directions for the beginning of the Keystone Gulch ride. Just after that ride veers left 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 5 miles, 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 level section, you reach a 3-way junction at 6 miles. (For a shorter, easier loop, turn right and descend back to Keystone Gulch.) To reach West Ridge, stay left and continue climbing. Several abandoned side roads along this section may be confusing, but the main route remains fairly obvious. After a switchback to the left, the road narrows and eventually becomes a single track that climbs to connect with the Colorado Trail at 6.8 miles. Turn sharply right onto the Colorado Trail and meander along West Ridge. Anticipate other trail users on this route. Use caution around blind corners and expect to yield. At about 8 miles, you’ll reach a side trail on the right. Take this spur (see the Colorado Trail ride for a description of the rest of the Colorado Trail) and descend to another logging road. Turn right for a long descent through a series of switchbacks. At the bottom, cross the creek (which can be a challenging wade until mid-July), turn left onto Keystone Gulch Road and descend to your vehicle.
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