Nason Ridge Attempt

This ride east of Steven’s Pass has been on my radar for a long time. I had played with various versions of doing this, but decided to just try it as an out&back from the Nason Ridge trailhead near Lake Wenatchee. It was a beautifully sunny day and on my way over Steven’s, I gave a PCT throughhiker a lift from town.

The trail starts off very pedestrian, but after 1500 ft. of climbing, it gets steeper and quite a few switchbacks make riding a game of balance and endurance. I probably overdid it a bit. Much of the trail is shaded for the first 7 miles and 3600 ft. of climbing.

Lower portion of Nason Ridge trail.

Lower portion of Nason Ridge trail.

Then, the views become more open, and the terrain changes to loose granite, sub-alpine riding. Wonderful riding, some techy sections, both up and down along the ridge towards the Alpine Lookout.

Looking south

Looking south

Looking north: Mt. Adams!

Looking north: Glacier Peak!

Looking westwards along Nason Ridge.

Looking westwards along Nason Ridge.

One section was really deeply trenched. I walked that uncomfortably on the way up.

One section was really deeply trenched. I walked that uncomfortably on the way up.

Again, northwards view of Mt. Adams from the ridge.

Again, northwards view of Glacier Peak from the ridge.

Before exploring the lookout, I continued west on Nason Ridge trail. The trail immediately looses a lot of elevation, followed by some descending through thicket and hike-a-bike.

Nason Ridge west of the lookout.

Nason Ridge west of the lookout.

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But, soon the thicket became too thick for me and felt as if I were stranded in the midst of of scratchy bushes.

The end of Nason Ridge trail, at least for me, came at only 2 miles from Lost Lake.

The end of Nason Ridge trail, at least for me, came at only 2 miles from Lost Lake.

Pretty views above.

Pretty views above.

Time to head back.

Time to head back.

Bugs!

Bugs!

I was disappointed that the trail had overgrown so badly, so turned around and went up to the lookout. The lookout had been shuttered-closed for the season.

Alpine Lookout at 6200 ft.

Alpine Lookout at 6200 ft.

Lake Wenatchee, below.

Lake Wenatchee, below.

Motorcycles are allowed almost to the lookout, but I only saw one track and overall the trail surface was pretty good. Techy & rocky higher up, but still packed and smooth in sections. It was certainly a nice out&back to the lookout, just a bit short.

21 miles, 5500 ft., GPX track

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4 Responses to Nason Ridge Attempt

  1. another good Martin outing, Martin the trail king

  2. Igor says:

    That’s Glacier peak rather than Mt Adams – that’s next to St Helens way down south from Nason. You might also want to try starting from the Merritt Lake trailhead and go to the lookout and back or to Rock mt and down to Hwy 2. The trail is primitive but the scenery is great. Or ride the entire ridge as a loop for a really long day 🙂

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