Kachess Ridge to Thorp Mountain

Easton, Washington

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The Kachess Ridge Trail includes an initial rapid ascent, spectacular vistas, and a very narrow section along a precipitous ridge. The view from Thorp Mountain is a 360-degree vista of the surrounding Cascade Mountains, including Mount Rainier and Mount Adams in the distance. There is also a bird’s-eye view of Kachess and Little Kachess Lakes. The climbs and the technical running required along the ridge trail make it an excellent outing for the advanced trail runner. Kachess Ridge, 15 miles east of Snoqualmie Pass, separates 12-mile-long Kachess Lake from Cle Elum Lake. The 5500-foot high ridge rises from the lake at 2200 feet. The fire lookout atop Thorp Mountain still stands, but is unused. This trail is the finish of the Cascade Crest Classic 100-mile run. Starting in Easton, the race heads west to the Pacific Crest Trail, then north to Snoqualmie Pass, east to Kachess Lake, and then loops back to Easton via the Kachess Ridge Trail and Thorp Mountain. So, for additional challenge, imagine doing this trail after having run 88 miles.
50 Trail Runs in Washington

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50 Trail Runs in Washington

by Cheri Pompeo Gillis (The Mountaineers Books)

The Kachess Ridge Trail includes an initial rapid ascent, spectacular vistas, and a very narrow section along a precipitous ridge. The view from Thorp Mountain is a 360-degree vista of the surrounding Cascade Mountains, including Mount Rainier and Mount Adams in the distance. There is also a bird’s-eye view of Kachess and Little Kachess Lakes. The climbs and the technical running required along the ridge trail make it an excellent outing for the advanced trail runner. Kachess Ridge, 15 miles east of Snoqualmie Pass, separates 12-mile-long Kachess Lake from Cle Elum Lake. The 5500-foot high ridge rises from the lake at 2200 feet. The fire lookout atop Thorp Mountain still stands, but is unused.

This trail is the finish of the Cascade Crest Classic 100-mile run. Starting in Easton, the race heads west to the Pacific Crest Trail, then north to Snoqualmie Pass, east to Kachess Lake, and then loops back to Easton via the Kachess Ridge Trail and Thorp Mountain. So, for additional challenge, imagine doing this trail after having run 88 miles.

©  Cheri Pompeo Gillis/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Trail Running
Nearby City: Easton
Distance: 18
Elevation Gain: 6,120 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 6.5 hours
Season: June through October
Local Contacts: Wenatchee National Forest
Local Maps: Green Trails #208
Driving Directions: Directions to Kachess Ridge to Thorp Mountain

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