Round Mountain Trail to Nason Ridge Trail

Merritt, Washington

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Nason Ridge is a long ridge that rises on the north side of US 2. A trail runs the length of the ridge between Rainy Pass and Lake Wenatchee, though the section from the Smith Brook Road at Rainy Pass is abandoned, overgrown, and not recommended. The climax of this trail is Alpine Lookout (6235 feet) on Nason Ridge, one of the few remaining lookouts that is staffed during the summer. It can be accessed from other trailheads, but the Round Mountain trail approach is recommended if you have only a day. Though Alpine Lookout is the usual destination of hikers, you don’t need to hike that far to experience the flowers and views.
Best Wildflower Hikes Washington

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Best Wildflower Hikes Washington

by Art Kruckeberg with Karen Sykes & Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)

Nason Ridge is a long ridge that rises on the north side of US 2. A trail runs the length of the ridge between Rainy Pass and Lake Wenatchee, though the section from the Smith Brook Road at Rainy Pass is abandoned, overgrown, and not recommended.

The climax of this trail is Alpine Lookout (6235 feet) on Nason Ridge, one of the few remaining lookouts that is staffed during the summer. It can be accessed from other trailheads, but the Round Mountain trail approach is recommended if you have only a day. Though Alpine Lookout is the usual destination of hikers, you don’t need to hike that far to experience the flowers and views.

© 2004 Art Kruckeberg with Karen Sykes & Craig Romano/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Merritt
Distance: 10
Elevation Gain: 2,335 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: Hikable: June through October, Best flowers: July through September
Local Contacts: Lake Wenatchee Ranger Station
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 145 Wenatchee Lake
Driving Directions: Directions to Round Mountain Trail to Nason Ridge Trail

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