3 miles
Distance
2,444 ft
Climb
-202 ft
Descent
01:55:46
Avg time
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Merritt Lake Details

  • Activities
    • Hike
    • Mountain Bike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Nason Ridge
    Leavenworth, Washington
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T1 Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Uphill Primary
  • Climb Difficulty
    Double Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Season
    Jun - Oct
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #39727 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    70 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 100 in Hiking
  • Land Manager
    USFS

A rooty, rocky, techy climb to Merritt Lake, where the Nason Ridge trail continues along the ridge, ultimately dropping to near Lake Wenatchee. Generally ridden as a climb to access Nason Ridge. Expect to walk some to all of this trail depending on fitness and skill levels.

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Merritt Lake hike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    2,241 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,046 ft
  • Altitude max
    5,287 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,046 ft
  • Altitude end
    5,287 ft
  • Grade
    15.614%
  • Grade max
    -31.998%
  • Grade min
    95.047%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    1,841 ft
  • Distance flat
    387 ft
  • Avg time
    01:55:46
  • Avg reverse time
    01:00:06
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Status:
on Oct 5, 2020
Ideal
Avg: 3.5 (2 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • One Direction
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Max Vehicle Width
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Radar Time
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Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Boardwalk Boardwalk
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
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      Merritt Lake Trail Reports

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      Oct 5, 2020 @ 7:31pm
      Oct 5, 2020
      3-4 blowdowns. Couple of them could be handsaw worthy.
      Aug 8, 2020 @ 12:31pm
      Aug 8, 2020
      A couple small trees across the trail just below the lake. The trail has a couple more slides this year because of heavy hiker use.
      Sep 2, 2019 @ 9:57pm
      Sep 2, 2019
      All clear. Some eroded sections that require getting off the bike but most of the rest is rideable given good fitness and skill
      Apr 14, 2018 @ 10:00pm
      Apr 14, 2018
      Apr 8, 2018 @ 9:58pm
      Apr 8, 2018
      reporter Trail is highly saturated and is closed until the rain stops and the trail dries more. Don't be that guy that ruins the trail for everyone.
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      Jul 18, 2017 @ 9:38pm
      Jul 18, 2017

      Routes with this trail

      titleratingdistance
      Nason Ridge via Merritt Lake
      15 miles
      Nason Ridge - Alpine Tour
      22 miles

      2 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      GarrettTimm Trailforks Pro Subscriber (Jul 17, 2017 at 17:58)
       This is a slow going, tight spaced push-a-bike to Merrit Lake. Rode it two days ago, 7/17/17, and there were numerous down trees, bushes growing into trail, lots of flowers, and endless ankle-biter boulders to navigate. It took roughly and 1.5hr to push up. Lots of bugs, long sleeves and bug spray advised.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      NavinM Trailforks Pro Subscriber (Aug 16, 2017 at 19:59)
       Beautiful but not a single track. I pretty much carried my bike for 3 miles. Coming down wasn't that much faster. I would not recommend this in wet season. Double Diamond rating is a misnomer; It's not difficult, just laborious.
      [Reply]

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