Westside has two distinct sections, the northern part that circles Sugarloaf and the southern connecting leg to Ryan's Trail
The northern part of the trail has a section that is particularly narrow, with exposure, sometimes on both sides, with a ledges, drops, and turns in the narrowest part, requiring skillful bike handling and steady nerves.
While there are a few sections with loose gravel, this section of trails has more solid footing than much of the rest of the trail complex making it a delight for those with the skills necessary to enjoy it. Narrow, curvy, and punchy, the short, steep climbs are great fun as long as you ride them well, but miss a shift, or approach them wrong, and you'll be hoofing it because it's not likely you'll be able to start mid-stream.
The southern leg serves as a corridor between the southern complex of trails and the northern trails around the peak. This trail makes a bee-line across the flats, taking the necessary ups and downs through the washes in between.
If you are riding north from Ryan's Trail
, traveling toward the peak, don't miss the cut back up the hill on the doubletrack at the bottom of the wash crossing. Climb the short section out of the wash, then hug the cliff edge until the trail becomes evident again.
New carved stone trail markers makes staying on the trail easier. They are all made of stone from the trails, so are very inconspicuous but there to guide you if you look for them. ar