A good trail for autumn colors. The trail is in good condition and connects with other interesting options–it can be part of a loop to Nason Ridge (Round Mountain) or the launching point to climb Mt. Howard.
Maps: View our topo map (Map 1) below. Note: use ‘Print Preview’ before printing to properly scale this map to a full sheet of paper. For a more detailed map of the trail and some of the other skiing and snowshoeing options, see Map 2.
Nearest Town: Leavenworth, Stevens Pass
Skill Level: 2
Fitness Level: 2
Distance: 6 miles roundtrip
Elevation: Elevation gain: 2,000 ft
Recommended Season: Fall
Access: 11 miles east of Stevens Pass, turn onto Merritt Lake Road (FR 657). Continue 1.5 miles to the end of the road and park at the trailhead.
Trip Instructions: Climb steadily up the trail. After 2 miles, you will cross a large boulder field and, in another half-mile, you will reach the junction with the Nason Ridge Trail. From here, it is another half-mile to the lake.
Additional Information: Click here to read a trip description by the Seattle PI. The link gives a good description of the trail, as well as some other options for extending your outing.
Leave It Better Than You Found It. This should be every outdoor user’s goal. Pick up trash left by others, pull some noxious weeds along your route, throw branches over unwanted spur trails, don’t ride or walk wet trails when you’re leaving ruts/footprints deeper than ¼ inch…
Disclaimer. Treat this information as recommendations, not gospel. Conditions change, and those contributing these reports are volunteers–they may make mistakes or may not know all the issues affecting a route. You are still completely responsible for your decisions, your actions, and your safety. If you can’t live with that, you are prohibited from using our information.