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