15 miles
4,667 ft
-5,856 ft
1 miles
High Point

A hard ride, but relatively mellow for an alpine epic in WA. Great views along the ridge, and finishes with downhill. Normally ridden West to East, but could theoretically be ridden East to West as well. Double Black rating applies only to Merritt Lake, where it is caused by technical climbing. A strong intermediate could do this ride if they are willing to push a bit (everyone is likely to push somewhere on this route)

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Trails in Route


  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Double Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Point to Point
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
  • Ridelogs
More Stats for Nason Ridge via Merritt Lake mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    -1,189 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,964 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,162 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,973 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    6 miles
  • Distance down
    9 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,926 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
Sep 5, 2018 @ 11:07am
Sep 5, 2018
It's really sandy and dry with good sized moto ruts in the corners, basically moon dust most of the way down. I would wait for a good rain this fall to go up there, especially if you're going to climb up Nason. Also note they have a road closed sign on 6910 if you're looking to shuttle up to Round Mountain Trail. It looks like the washout is fixed with one of those steel plates but there is still a road closed sign. I rode up 6910 which doesn't take too long and then up Round Mountain.
Merritt Lake
Apr 14, 2018 @ 10:00pm
Apr 14, 2018
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