Bethel Ridge

4.9/5 (12 reviews)
Naches, Washington (Yakima County)
Last Updated: 11/24/2022

Trail Information


Bethel Ridge is a nearly 6-mile-long drive through the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. Bethel has many things to offer, like views of the surrounding mountains, including Adams, Rimrock Lake, and of course an amazing ridgeline view. A frequent attraction of travelers on this road is taking a picture of their vehicles overlooking the ridge below, in Waypoint 4. After the viewpoint, you’ll turn left into the woods, and face some challenges, including various dips and a few shallow drop-offs into small water holes. After this romp among the trees, the trail opens up again for a leisurely drive as you finish the trail, and enter DNR land. This trail is part of the Washington Cascade Overland Route. Visit Cascade Overland Route for more information, including which trails to take next. If you are already following the Washington Cascade Overland Route, this will be the first trail posing challenges, though not the last.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

Trail Reviews

4.9/5 (12)
Official Crew
Seasonal Closure
Visited: 11/24/2022

Closed for the season! See you next year!
Rated 5/5
Visited: 07/30/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Most of the trail was a standard (albeit rocky) forest service road. The ruts at waypoints 5 thru 7 have significantly deepened from the pictures above at the time of writing, however a narrow bypass is available. The mandatory difficulty rating is spot on, though peak difficulty might be pushing up on a 5.
Official Crew
Visited: 07/13/2022

"Road has no closures, however the road had deep ruts and it is not advised to take a passenger car over." per USFS.
Visited: 07/07/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Really epic. Best views. Stay out of the tree line if you can. our first camp site was on the ridge. we moved with in 20 minutes because of the mosquitoes. Really beautiful. We did have to air down both vehicles.
Partially Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 06/21/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Great trail until I got a road closed just before the turn for the overlook. I tried going around and got to the bottom of the overlook trail, but it really wasn’t something I was prepared to go up. That overlook trail as it says is a down only trail. Ended up going out to the highway to rejoin my route later on.

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