Kachess Ridge Loop

Easton, Washington

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You'd never guess it from the first 5.9 miles of the loop, but the Kachess Ridge loop is a steep, challenging, advanced-level ride with a strenuous 5.3 miles of climbing (4.8 miles on the road and another 0.5 mile to start the trail) and an exhilarating 6.2-mile descent through meadows, across creeks and loose rocks, down some tight switchbacks and to beautiful. The trail access is unmarked as well. If you're an advanced rider, don't let it deter you; it's really pretty straightforward, and definitely worth the effort. By the time the trail is rideable you'll encounter dusty trail in some sections, and some wet trail in other sections as you parallel and cross Silver Creek. A rugged trail with rugged scenery makes for an advanced, rugged ride. Please be a trail-conscious rider and walk your bike where appropriate.
Mountain Bike! Washington

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Mountain Bike! Washington

by Bennett & Leman (Menasha Ridge Press)

You'd never guess it from the first 5.9 miles of the loop, but the Kachess Ridge loop is a steep, challenging, advanced-level ride with a strenuous 5.3 miles of climbing (4.8 miles on the road and another 0.5 mile to start the trail) and an exhilarating 6.2-mile descent through meadows, across creeks and loose rocks, down some tight switchbacks and to beautiful.

The trail access is unmarked as well. If you're an advanced rider, don't let it deter you; it's really pretty straightforward, and definitely worth the effort. By the time the trail is rideable you'll encounter dusty trail in some sections, and some wet trail in other sections as you parallel and cross Silver Creek. A rugged trail with rugged scenery makes for an advanced, rugged ride. Please be a trail-conscious rider and walk your bike where appropriate.

©  Bennett & Leman/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Easton
Distance: 18.6
Elevation Gain: 2,800 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Season: Check with the ranger district office.
Trailhead Elevation: 2,200 feet
Top Elevation: 5,000 feet
Local Contacts: Cle Elum Ranger District, 509-674-4411
Local Maps: Green Trails #208 Dachess Lake and the Cle Elum Ranger District map.
Driving Directions: Directions to Kachess Ridge Loop

Recent Trail Reviews

7/28/2003
0

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 mixure, at times steep. Tight switchbacks with frequent exposure may not be in everyone's comfort zone. Given what it took to get the 3 to 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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