22 miles
7,023 ft
-8,660 ft
1 miles
High Point

Get some big climbing days in before attempting. And bring a water filter!

This route entails the Nason Ridge Trail in its entirety. The least ridden portion is the Western portion of Nason Ridge that begins somewhat as a partial shuttle thanks to NF 6705 road at the Snowy Creek Trailhead.

The beginning of this route is a real doozy, but switches back through some of the most beautiful terrain on the entire route. Once the ridge is gained, you'll have the biggest climb out of the way.

Trail traverses Eastward towards Lake Wenatchee State Park & Kahler Glen Golf Course. This route makes for a good all day ride, leaving time for views, stops at the various lakes and certainly for the sake of ones legs.

This IS one of Washington's Epic's. It's a must-do trail!

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Route POI

ViewpointAlpine Meadows & SwitchbacksViewpoint
Water Fountain/SourceWater Fountain/SourceWater Fountain/Source
Water Fountain/SourceWater Fountain/SourceWater Fountain/Source
Water Fountain/SourceWater Fountain/SourceWater Fountain/Source
Water Fountain/SourceWater Fountain/SourceWater Fountain/Source
CheckpointTop of first big climbCheckpoint
CheckpointTop of 2nd big climbCheckpoint


  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Point to Point
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
More Stats for Nason Ridge - Alpine Tour mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    -1,637 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,964 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,608 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,971 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    9 miles
  • Distance down
    13 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,160 ft
Avg: 5 (1 votes)
Layers winter
Trail Style
  • ?
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail transparency

Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Nason Ridge
Jul 17, 2017 @ 6:34pm
Jul 17, 2017
We pushed our bikes up to Merrit Lake in about an hour and a half, and then continued to push for another two and half hours, and then descended the rest in an hour. The ridge is loose, narrow trail, dusty, rocky, exposed and mostly steep in the first portion. You will do a seemingly endless number of micro-climbs to reach multiple summits, you will max out at around 6,200'. The views are amazing up above the treeline. The descent is roughly the last 6 miles of trail, which can be accessed alone via a different push-a-bike trail (advised, don't climb to the lake and do the whole ridge from there). If you are going to do the Merrit Lake to Nason Ridge, plan for 5-6hrs, 5 being steep pushing episodes with about 20minutes of saddle time, with 1 hour of loosey goosey downhill at the end. The last 6 miles is open to moto, so the trail is rutted out at least a foot deep, so line choices at high speeds were tricky, lots of powder dirt, and lots of flying rocks. I highly recommended climbing the trail that takes you to half way up the ridge, and just doing the downhill section from there. We ended up shuttling so we had a car waiting down at the Nason Creek end of the trail. You're probably better off leaving your bike at home if you want to see the views from this area.
Nason Ridge North - Snowy Creek
Jul 17, 2017 @ 6:25pm
Jul 17, 2017
Large trees down across trail, blocking trail
Merritt Lake
Jul 17, 2017 @ 6:11pm
Jul 17, 2017
Steep dusty switchbacks all the way up to the lake, mostly forested cover, lots of bugs (mosquitos), 99.9% push-a-bike, one large down tree to navigate, very tough footing because of loose rocks and soil, lots of wild flowers, not crowded. Be advised that the trail is very narrow seeing as it's a hiking trail, partially due to overgrowth of bushes, so pushing the bike is that much more difficult. Allocate upwards 1.5 - 2 hours including short breaks. If you're aiming for Nason Ridge, know that there is another 2hrs or more of exactly the same conditions after the lake until you reach the downhill section at about 7.5miles in.
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