Earn some great views from this ridge-running, epic trail.”
— Tom Robson
Water is scarce. Three miles from the trailhead, the trail follows and crosses a logging road for 1/2 mile. The trail is narrow and eroded in places between Merritt Lake and Rock Mountain, and this section of trail is not recommended for horses. Motorcycles are prohibited west of Ninemile Saddle (nine miles from the Nason Ridge Trailhead). Remember to self-register at the trailhead.
A valid Recreation Pass is required at Nason Ridge Trailhead.
This scenic trail travels the length of Nason Ridge, offering high alpine terrain throughout. The trail offers an abundance of panoramic views while traveling near the crest of Nason Ridge. The trail provides access to the Alpine Fire Lookout, which is still active. Also, from the trail, Merritt Lake, Lost Lake, Crescent Lake and Rock Lake can all be accessed and provides nice lakeside camping.
On the west end of the ridge, where the trail meets the Snowy Creek Trail, you can scramble to the summit of Rock Mountain, which is the site of an old fire lookout. The lookout is no longer there, but the summit provides great views of the cascade range.