Type of HikeSnowshoe/XC Ski
Trail ConditionsObstacles on trail:
Trees down across trail.
RoadSnow and ice on road
SnowTrail snow-covered at times - gear and expertise recommended
Looking for some exercise and fun in the snow, we decided to check out the snowshoe route along Nason Ridge. We had never been to the area before and so had a little trouble finding the trailhead. When you get to the fork in the road on Kahler Glen Rd, you'll see a sign for the Nason Ridge Trailhead heading to the right. Don't go right. Follow the hiking guide's directions and head to your left. That sign is for the summer trailhead, and at this time of year, there is no parking on that side. We got confused, though, when we went to the left as the directions indicated because we couldn't identify the winter parking area. If there was one, then it hadn't been plowed yet or just wasn't obvious. We wound up parking in front of the Honeycomb Lodge Restaurant. There were several open spots and no one seemed to mind. From there, we continued up a plowed road, passing through a few private homes. At the top of the road, we found the water tower described in the guide and pictured below. We walked to the right of the water tower and found the first blue ribbon marking the trail. Here we strapped on the snowshoes as the snow was about shin deep for me (I'm 5'6"). The snowshoes helped a bit, but the snow was so light and powdery that we were sinking in much of the way along the trail making for some good cardio. We noticed that the trail had been mostly broken through for the first 1/2 mile or so. We eventually met up with a group of women who we had to thank for doing the hard work for us. Their trusty pup Charlie helped too! We pushed on further for another few minutes and came to what we thought we be an impasse on the trail. A bunch of trails are down across the trail. We tried to see if we could go up and around the fallen logs, but did not have any luck. The group of women we encountered earlier rejoined us at this point and were able to find a way around the pile up. We made our way around it to the right and picked up the trail on the other side. It was awkward to do in snowshoes, but definitely doable. We continued on to Big Red and then maybe 30 more minutes past that and then decided to turn around. We didn't really get to a viewpoint or a clearing, but being in the undisturbed, snowy forest was a treat nonetheless. Stopping at at the Honeycomb Lodge Restaurant for a hot drink sounded really appealing, but we figured we'd get a jump on the Stevens Pass ski traffic instead. We'll certainly stop in next time as their fireplace looks like a lovely place to warm up with some warm food and beverages. Would love to know where we should actually park next time and where we need to pick up a permit if we really do need as the hiking guide says.