Nannie Ridge Trail

Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Washington

Elevation Gain2,666ft
Trailhead Elevation3,953ft
Elevation Min/Max3953/5866ft
Elevation Start/End3953/3953ft

Nannie Ridge Trail

Nannie Ridge Trail is a hiking trail in Lewis County, Washington. It is within Gifford Pinchot National Forest and Goat Rocks Wilderness Area. It is 4.0 miles long and begins at 3,953 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 8.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,666 feet. This trail connects with the following: Pacific Crest Trail and Walupt Lake Trail.

Nannie Ridge Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Like many trails in the Goat Rocks Wilderness, this one has scenery galore! As a bonus it ends in a sparkling subalpine lake engulfed in seasonal wildflowers and filled with Northwest salamanders, which are fun to watch.

On the way to the lake, bop up to Nannie Peak and the site of a former fire lookout. Like so many of these old fire tower sites, nothing remains but bits and pieces of steel and views to melt your soul."

"If you want to explore the Goat Rocks Wilderness but don’t have time to make it all the way into the heart of the mountains, check out the sweeping views from the flowery meadows along Nannie Ridge.

Depending on where you live, the drive to Walupt Creek Campground can be long, so make a weekend of it by car camping and completing the loop as a long day hike—or better yet, spend a night in the high country. A word of caution: If you visit this area in the fall, make sure you and your four-legged companion wear bright colors; the area is popular with hunters."

"Hike from the deep forests at the trailhead to the alpine crest of Nannie Ridge and visit an abandoned lookout site with a magnificent view of Goat Rocks and Mount Adams. Then descend back to the trail and continue to Sheep Lake and the junction with the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). The first 2.6 miles of this hike gain 1,890 feet of elevation, making this a fairly steep route.

The hike up Nannie Ridge begins along the Walupt Lake Trail 101. Hike 70 yards east from the trailhead on Walupt Lake Trail to a trail junction.At the junction Nannie Ridge Trail 98 turns left to leave Walupt Lake Trail and quickly begins to climb. The tread winds through dense woods and bracken fern–covered openings and crosses a small stream before starting up a series of ten switchbacks."

Nannie Ridge Trail Reviews

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We had perfect weather when we hiked this trail and the trail was in great shape. The first 2 miles of the trail didn't offer any great views but the hike through the forest was enjoyable. We did pass 2 men on horseback and plenty of horse droppings. About 2.5 miles in on the left side of the trail there is a side trail up to an old lookout site. We didn't take the side trail. Just past the lookout trail there is a viewpoint that looks across to Mt. Adams. You have to step off the trail a little bit onto some rocks and it could be easy to miss, but it's one of the best views. The rest of the trail out to Sheep Lake is beautiful, offering a few great views of the Goat Rocks and Mt. Adams. Before Sheep lake there is a smaller pond that has at least 2 campsites and further down the trail we saw another campsite that overlooks the Goat Rocks. Sheep lake was fairly crowded when we got there late in the afternoon with overnite campers. We met one group of 9 and we saw several other tents. The trail itself was not crowded. We only passed about 6-7 people coming in and out. We didn't camp at sheep lake but it was beautiful especially with all the wildflowers in bloom. We did not see a bear, but a camper at Walupt lake (where the Nannie ridge trail begins) reported seeing a bear on the trail 2 days before we were there. All in all the 9 mile trip took us about 5 hours.

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Trail Information

Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Nearby City
Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Cowlitz Valley Ranger District
Local Contacts
Green Trails Goat Rocks/William O. Douglas 303S
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Oct 2018