Kachess Ridge Loop

Easton, Washington

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A long, steep climb, stunning views of Mount Rainier and Kachess Lake, a hike-a-bike scramble over a scree-covered slope, a rapid-fire shot through mountain meadows, and dangerously eroded switchbacks all combine to make Kachess Ridge an excellent adventure in mountain biking. Located only a few miles on the east side of Snoqualmie Pass and above the tiny town of Easton, Washington, and above Kachess Lake, the Kachess Ridge Loop is a fantastic ride for advanced mountain bikers. The Kachess Ridge Loop starts off with an easy 4.5-mile warm-up as the access road follows the east side of the lake. But don’t let the leisurely ramble fool you. About a third of the way in, the route begins a long, steep climb to the top. Cyclists will climb nearly 3,000 feet in just 4 miles, making this a ride for mid- to late-season conditioning. Early in the season, it is a punishing workout. The pain is worth the effort. Near the top of the ridge, riders are rewarded with awesome views of Mount Rainier to the south and the lake below. From this high up,the water is a dark Aquavelva green with occasional white slashes formed by the motorboats racing across the lake.The word “Kachess” (many fish or more fish) is derived from the native language of the Yakima Indian tribe. Trail surface: Forest roads, singletrack, creek crossings, and meadows.
Mountain Biking the Puget Sound Area

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Mountain Biking the Puget Sound Area

by Santo Criscuolo (Falcon Guides)

A long, steep climb, stunning views of Mount Rainier and Kachess Lake, a hike-a-bike scramble over a scree-covered slope, a rapid-fire shot through mountain meadows, and dangerously eroded switchbacks all combine to make Kachess Ridge an excellent adventure in mountain biking. Located only a few miles on the east side of Snoqualmie Pass and above the tiny town of Easton, Washington, and above Kachess Lake, the Kachess Ridge Loop is a fantastic ride for advanced mountain bikers. The Kachess Ridge Loop starts off with an easy 4.5-mile warm-up as the access road follows the east side of the lake. But don’t let the leisurely ramble fool you. About a third of the way in, the route begins a long, steep climb to the top. Cyclists will climb nearly 3,000 feet in just 4 miles, making this a ride for mid- to late-season conditioning.

Early in the season, it is a punishing workout. The pain is worth the effort. Near the top of the ridge, riders are rewarded with awesome views of Mount Rainier to the south and the lake below. From this high up,the water is a dark Aquavelva green with occasional white slashes formed by the motorboats racing across the lake.The word “Kachess” (many fish or more fish) is derived from the native language of the Yakima Indian tribe. Trail surface: Forest roads, singletrack, creek crossings, and meadows.

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Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Easton
Distance: 19.7
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 4 to 5 hours
Season: June through October
Local Contacts: Wenatchee National Forest
Local Maps: Washington Atlas and Gazetteer; USGS Kachess Lake
Driving Directions: Directions to Kachess Ridge Loop

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Apr 2018