Kachess Ridge

Easton, Washington

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Located just east of Snoqualmie Pass, this ride offers a convenient adventure for Seattle-area mountain bikers. This route has a long, steep climb along a forest road before hitting singletrack. The trail begins along a quickly eroding hillside, then becomes marvelous, jettisoning you across meadows and streams. The finale comes with steep, tight switchbacks. If you have the control, this racecourse-like trail is furiously fast and drops you into the parking area just a mile or so from where you began.
Mountain Biking Washington

DESCRIPTION FROM:

Mountain Biking Washington

by Amy & Mark Poffenbarger (Falcon Guides)

Located just east of Snoqualmie Pass, this ride offers a convenient adventure for Seattle-area mountain bikers. This route has a long, steep climb along a forest road before hitting singletrack.

The trail begins along a quickly eroding hillside, then becomes marvelous, jettisoning you across meadows and streams. The finale comes with steep, tight switchbacks. If you have the control, this racecourse-like trail is furiously fast and drops you into the parking area just a mile or so from where you began.

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Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Easton
Distance: 19.7
Elevation Gain: 2,700 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 3 to 5 hours
Season: Best in summer and early fall
Trailhead Elevation: 2,200 feet
Top Elevation: 4,900 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Snoqualmie Ranger Station, North Bend
Local Maps: USGS Kachess Lake
Driving Directions: Directions to Kachess Ridge

Recent Trail Reviews

7/26/2003
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This was my first ride at Kachess Ridge. The climb is relentlessly steep though no walking was required. Not a lot of protection from sun. The first mile of singletrack is unride-able. Very loose and steep hike-a-bike uphill portage follows 100 yards of ride-able trail. The next few miles are awesome. The downhills can be technical with multiple water crossings. It almost makes you forget what it took to get to this point. The final mile+ of descending is...uh, interesting. Very loose and dry rock-shale-dirt at times steep. Tight switchbacks with frequent exposure may not be everyone's comfort zone. Given what it took to get the 3-4 miles of sweetness, I'll think twice about going back.


6/1/1998
0

It's been a few years, but as I remember it, the climb to the top is on well graded gravel/dirt roads. At the top, you reach a saddle with interesting rock formations on the other side. The decent on single track was pretty rocky, and wet in places, making it a fairly challenging decent. Overall, a fun ride, but would probably be better later in summer when the ground dries up a bit more.



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