Directions: From Morrison, follow Morrison Road west through Bear Creek Canyon. Pass through the town of Ideldale and pass by the main parking areas for Corwina Park and O'Fallon Parks. Just before you reach Kittredge, turn left (south) onto Meyers Gulch Road. Look to the left of the road and you'll soon see a trail meet the road. There is a pull off here big enough for a few cars but if it is full you can park at the large parking area for Pence Park, just across the street.
The West Ridge/Meadow View Loop is a terrific hike exploring the southern portion of O'Fallon Park. The trail passes through pine and aspen forest with meadows offering nice views of the surrounding foothills.
From Meyers Gulch Road follow the Bear Creek Trail as it parallels the road for about .5 mile before it reaches the intersection with the West Ridge Trail. From here you can either stay on the Bear Creek Trail or turn left onto the West Ridge Trail. I recommend starting with the West Ridge Trail as the views are better from this portion. Make sure you follow the short detour to a rock outcropping with a great view of Mt. Evans along the way.
When you reach the Junction with the Meadow View Trail, turn right and hike through pine forest until you reach the Bear Creek Trail. Turn right and follow the BCT back to the West Ridge Trail junction and the trailhead.
This is a wonderful and peaceful loop close to Denver. While the BCT is very popular with mountain bikers, the West Ridge Trail offers a more relaxing hike without the need to keep your eyes peeled around corners.
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Meadow View Loop
Date Hiked: April 1, 2012 (Updated based on new trail names 2017)
Distance: 3.1 mi (RT)