Nannie Ridge Trail and Nannie Peak

Packwood, Washington 98361

Nannie Ridge Trail and Nannie Peak

Nannie Ridge Trail & Nannie Peak Professional Review and Guide

"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 & Nannie Peak 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

Nearby City
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Day hike or backpack
Mid-July through September
4,000 feet
Trailhead Elevation
5,800 feet
Top Elevation
Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Goat Rocks Wilderness
Local Contacts
USGS Walupt Lake
Local Maps

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Jul 2018