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PostTue Jun 20, 2017 7:31 pm 
Quick update on Nason Ridge conditions:

Yesterday I took the Round Mountain trail to Nason Ridge, and then took the Nason Ridge trail west to the Alpine Lookout. Road 6910 up to the Round Mountain trailhead is 100% snow-free and in reasonable condition. A sedan could likely make it, although youíd have to steer carefully around a few bumps and holes, and one washout on a curve. As previous trip reports have mentioned, FS 6910 is very easy to miss as youíre driving on Highway 2.

The Round Mountain trail is completely snow-free all the way from the trailhead to the junction with Nason Ridge at 1.5 miles and approx 5300 ft.
Iím pretty sure there is a kitty who lives in this first section, as there were fresh tracks the last time I was there, and several piles of fresh scat this time. Unsurprisingly, Iíve never seen the actual animalÖ Iím sure they steer clear as soon as they hear me crashing up the trail.
The most noticeable and troublesome wildlife by far were the bugs. They were particularly bad on the Round Mountain trail.  Even after I applied bug spray, the mosquitoes were voracious. I also got stung/bit by either a bee or a horsefly. Not the end of the world, but just be prepared to serve yourself as breakfast. 🙂

I noticed that the bugs got better once I reached the Nason Ridge trail, partly because there was a bit more of a breeze. In addition to fewer bugs, thereís more snow once you start along the Nason Ridge trail. As of Monday, there were longish (0.5 Ė 1 mile) sections of trail completely covered by snow in the trees, which required some route-finding. The snow was mostly consolidated so it was fairly easy going with only the occasional posthole. I used poles but not spikes. And for every section of snow-covered trail, there were long snow-free stretches with sunshine and views.

Itís worth mentioning that the Nason Ridge trail isnít exactly wilderness. Motor bikes are allowed for the first few miles, and theyíve already torn up the trail in a couple spots. You can also hear Highway 2 traffic and the occasional train. Itís no worse than I90, but it was noticeable.

The good news is that the ridgeline wandering and the views from the lookout make up for all that.  On a clear day, you can see from Stuart to the Chiwaukums to Glacier Peak and beyond. More pics here.

View from Nine-mile Saddle

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PostTue Jun 20, 2017 8:30 pm 
Whats the deal with the "illigal cabin" sign?

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PostTue Jun 20, 2017 8:35 pm 
No idea!! I thought it was kinda creepy. Like a sign that says "Hey little girl, free candy this way..." But my husband looked at that pic and laughed.
Would you have followed it or not?

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PostTue Jun 20, 2017 9:57 pm 
jdk610 wrote:
As previous trip reports have mentioned, FS 6910 is very easy to miss as youíre driving on Highway 2.

Milepost 82.14. On the inside of a curve, at the top end of climbing lanes headed westbound. Road has a stop sign. What appears to be a driveway at milepost 82.11 (power line snaking above the highway as well). Railroad tracks are close to the highway at this point. Mailboxes sitting at the intersection as well (5 to 7). No highway signs giving advance notice. Stop sign post MIGHT have a traffic cone nailed to it.

Would post images but that means I'd need to upload them. But...

Image (one of many) at http://srimages.wsdot.wa.gov/StateRoute/PictureLog/2016/NC/002/M/M/I/08/PM/08221PM.JPG

Part of WSDOT's on line virtual highway imaging application (the web version) which is at http://srview.wsdot.wa.gov/srweb/srweb.htm

Retired DOT so I'm familiar with the desktop version and this. Used it a lot when I was working.

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