Nason Ridge Trail

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Washington

Elevation Gain5,442ft
Trailhead Elevation1,967ft
Elevation Min/Max1964/6218ft
Elevation Start/End1967/1967ft

Nason Ridge Trail

Nason Ridge Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Chelan County, Washington. It is within Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. It is 21.8 miles long and begins at 1,967 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 19.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 5,442 feet. The Crescent Lake water can be seen along the trail. The trail ends near the Merritt Lake water and the Alpine Lookout tower. This trail connects with the following: Rock Mountain Trail and Abandoned Trail.

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Backpacking Washington's Alpine Lakes Wilderness (Falcon Guides)
Jeff Smoot
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"A high traverse along the crest of Nason Ridge. Nason Ridge Trail is one of the best high ridge hikes of the eastern Cascades. The hike described is the popular way, approaching via a quiet, uncrowded meadow trail that climbs abruptly to the ridge crest, getting the elevation gain over with right away, then savoring the long, high traverse before descending gradually the last few miles out. Of course, the hike can be done in the opposite direction just as well, or in an abbreviated fashion by approaching from one of two more direct trails. However it is done, it is a memorable high traverse with great views, memorable wildflower displays, and solitude in places. Nason Ridge is not within the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, but it is as impressive and worthwhile as any hike across the way."
Mountain Biking Washington (Falcon Guides)
Amy & Mark Poffenbarger
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"Nothing beats beginning a difficult ride with a hearty climb. This advanced ridge ride, overlooking Lake Wenatchee, takes you to the panoramic heights of Round Mountain. It’s also highly regarded by cyclists who enjoy gonzo-abusive mountain biking. To reduce saddle fatigue, consider turning this loop into a shuttle ride or possibly shortening the loop. For a thrilling singletrack ride, you’ll want to go for the Nason Ridge ride. Now if you’re a super-biker, you can probably ride the initial climb of this ride. Mere mortals will most likely have to push a little.After leaving the parking area at the Merritt Lake Trail trailhead, the climb begins immediately, gaining a lot of elevation. (We recommend a brief warm-up on the road.) The trail reaches Merritt Lake at 5,083 feet after about 3 miles."

Nason Ridge Trail Trip Reports

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I start from Wenatchee side. Ascend was very sandy and difficult from fitness perspective, but not technical. Riding on the ridge was pretty technical. Descent from Merrit Lake relatively easy.

I use route 2 to ride back to start and it was nice ride on very gentle downhill ;)

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Trail Information

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
Nearby City
Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
Skill Level
Wenatchee National Forest
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USGS Mount Howard
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