This trail offers splendid views of Nason Ridge, The Stuart Range and DirtyFace Peak. The views are best from the Alpine Lookout (an active staffed fire lookout at the top of the mountain). You don’t even have to work that hard for these views – comparatively speaking of course. Follow the Round Mountain Trail #1529 for 1.6 miles to where it intersects with Nason Ridge Trail #1583. Go left on #1583. Here the trail follows the ridge line up and down 5.2 miles from the trailhead you will reach the lookout. Bring lots of water with you; this is a dry, hot trail and there is not water available at the lookout. The views from the lookout are well worth lugging your camera up the trail with you.
Directions to Trailhead
From Leavenworth, start your odometer after you pass the gas station on the corner of Icicle Road and Highway 2 West. Drive 17.1 miles on Hwy 2 West and take a right onto Butcher Creek Road #6910 (If you pass the rest area you've gone too far). From Stevens Pass travel Highway 2 East for 17.7 miles and take a left onto Butcher Creek Road #6910 (just past the rest area). Go 2.5 miles on Butcher Creek Road #6910 (donât turn off on any of the spur roads) then turn right continuing on Road #6910 towards Round Mountain Trail. You will find the parking lot and trailhead for Round Mountain Trail shortly.