Bethel Ridge

Naches, Washington (Yakima County)

Last Updated: 01/05/2020
4.9 / 5 ( 8 reviews )
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Highlights

Highlight: Bethel Ridge
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.

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Route Information

Technical Rating

( EASY - MODERATE )

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Waypoints

1. Trailhead (0 mi)
Beginning of NF-325.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Naches

Follow US-12 W for 21.6 miles and turn right onto NF-1500. Follow NF-1500 to Waypoint 11 and turn right onto NF-324. Follow NF-324 to end.

Camping

Dispersed

Trail Reviews (8)

Questions & Answers (2)

Q: Anyone know if this road is blocked during winter? Id like to go up this weekend
–DJ (01/05/2021)
–Jasmine & Jon Hughes (02/26/2022)
Q: Any fishing along this route?
–Nathan (07/03/2020)
–Jasmine & Jon Hughes (08/17/2020)

Writer Information

Jasmine & Jon Hughes

Mapping Crew - Washington

Centered in the pinnacle of the Pacific NW and growing up cruising around the small town of Quilcene, Jasmine grew with a fascination and passion for outdoors and travel, many of those adventures fueled by the family's 1998 Jeep Cherokee. Years later, photography grew as a way to capture and share the adventures being had. After a road trip from Seattle to San Diego in a 1996 Jetta, a 4WD truck would be the next step in going further in photographing the wild places of the West. In December of 2016, a manual 1989 Toyota Pickup was purchased and those dreams would continue to flourish. Jon grew up in a small Wisconsin town. In 2004, his parents decided to purchase a new Jeep LJ. They picked the LJ because of the additional room, as it would be used for a road trip to Florida. After joining the navy, the family Jeep followed Jon down to Georgia and became his own. It took him to Virginia, and then Washington. It wasn't until Washington that things started to happen for Jon and his Jeep. Jasmine, now his wife, got him more interested in hiking, and ultimately overlanding. Over time, Jon and Jasmine realized that they wanted to use the Jeep to tackle harder trails, and spend weekends in ORV parks. It was through this decision that the mostly stock Jeep received a refreshing upgrade after 15 years of driving. Jon usually drives the Jeep when the trail is in question, and to allow Jasmine to document the trails. Currently, Jon has been in 26 states with the Jeep, via family trips and his time in the navy. Jon hopes to travel to every state with his Jeep, including Alaska and Hawaii.
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