Kevin and I headed up to Nason Ridge, on the east side of Steven's Pass. We had some ideas to tag a summit and then run a chunk of the ridge, but after my poor navigation, we just ended up doing a little steep hiking/scrambling, and then running out and back to the lookout on the eastern portion of Nason. The trails are in decent shape, but beyond Merritt Lake it's obvious they aren't too-oft traveled.
A very hot day, it was tough to keep up on hydration... Also some of the worst mosquitoes we've ever experienced. I guess that bottle of Off in the trailhead registration box was no joke.
|Hiking up the Merritt Lake trail|
|Nason Ridge trail toward Crescent Lake|
|Heading the wrong way up toward Mt. Howard|
|Above Crescent Lake|
|Yeah...NOW we see where we were supposed to go; doh!|
|Keeping our sense of humor as we head back down|
|Meadows below Crescent Lake|
|Nason Ridge trail|
|Nason Ridge trail toward the lookout|
|Came from the left, headed up|
|Glacier Peak from the lookout|
|Daniel and Hinman|
|Dreaming of cold drinks...|