Day Hiking: Snoqualmie Region
by Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)
© 2014 Dan A. Nelson/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.
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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