Kachess Ridge

Easton, Washington

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Starting a hike with a serious climb is a good way to limber up your muscles and shake off any casual hikers. But crowds don’t pose a problem on this route—few hikers, it seems, know about this trail. It’s just minutes off the interstate, with grand views of the three big lakes of the eastern Snoqualmie Pass corridor (Keechelus, Kachess, and Cle Elum). You’ll also find panoramic views that encompass the peaks of the Cle Elum Valley and reach south to Mount Rainier. From the trailhead, hike the trail a short ways to the junction. Here, the trail to Kachess Ridge climbs to the left while a second path drops off to the right along Easton Ridge. The trail wastes no time in starting to climb, running steeply up the nose of the tall face of Kachess Ridge. As you climb, the forest opens periodically to provide views south to Mount Baldy, Domerie Peak, and Easton Ridge.
Day Hiking: Snoqualmie Region

DESCRIPTION FROM:

Day Hiking: Snoqualmie Region

by Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)

Starting a hike with a serious climb is a good way to limber up your muscles and shake off any casual hikers. But crowds don’t pose a problem on this route—few hikers, it seems, know about this trail. It’s just minutes off the interstate, with grand views of the three big lakes of the eastern Snoqualmie Pass corridor (Keechelus, Kachess, and Cle Elum). You’ll also find panoramic views that encompass the peaks of the Cle Elum Valley and reach south to Mount Rainier.

From the trailhead, hike the trail a short ways to the junction. Here, the trail to Kachess Ridge climbs to the left while a second path drops off to the right along Easton Ridge. The trail wastes no time in starting to climb, running steeply up the nose of the tall face of Kachess Ridge. As you climb, the forest opens periodically to provide views south to Mount Baldy, Domerie Peak, and Easton Ridge.

© 2014 Dan A. Nelson/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Easton
Distance: 6
Elevation Gain: 2,200 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Season: June–Oct
Features: Wildflowers
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Okanogan–Wenatchee National Forest, Cle Elum Ranger District
Local Maps: Green Trails Kachess Lake No. 208
Driving Directions: Directions to Kachess Ridge

Recent Trail Reviews

9/6/2009
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This is a really nice hike. The right turn from the frontage road is actually signed Kachess Dam Rd, not Kachess Ridge as the guide indicates. Mileage to the turn-off is .8 miles. A short, 1/2 mile, dirt road passes numerous camping sites before it dead ends at the trail head. There is no signage past the initial trail head, but none is necessary. The first half of the hike is fairly easy on wide, well-maintained trails. The initial ascent might make you winded, but it levels off after .75 miles, as the guide indicates. The last mile of the hike is pretty tough, in my opinion. The trail is difficult to pick up as it goes oup the rocky face of the ridge. It is non-stop, uphill, at least 50 degree incline. My Achilles tendons were screaming by the time I got to the top. But it was well worth it. Stunning views of the Cascades, valley and lakes. Overall, not terribly difficult. Nothing technical to it. But check the weather before you go. It would be better on a nice, warm sunny day instead of the cold/rainy day I picked.



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