Easton Ridge

Easton, Washington

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Easton Ridge once sported a wonderful trail along its entire length. Hikers can still enjoy that long high route, but the trail disappears in the middle and the southern end is hard to access. Fortunately, the best of the trail is the northern end, where you’ll find grand views, rich huckleberry brambles, and endless opportunities to enjoy wildlife—especially the feathered variety. The Easton area is home to one of the largest populations of turkey vultures in the state, and the massive birds of prey (or birds of opportunity, if you prefer) soar en masse over the thermal-producing faces of Easton and Kachess Ridges. Of course, those big birds of opportunity are here for a reason—the region has healthy populations of mammals, big and small, from marmots to mountain goats, beavers to bull elk. Keep your eyes open and you’ll see a wide range of critters.
Day Hiking: Snoqualmie Region

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Day Hiking: Snoqualmie Region

by Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)

Easton Ridge once sported a wonderful trail along its entire length. Hikers can still enjoy that long high route, but the trail disappears in the middle and the southern end is hard to access. Fortunately, the best of the trail is the northern end, where you’ll find grand views, rich huckleberry brambles, and endless opportunities to enjoy wildlife—especially the feathered variety.

The Easton area is home to one of the largest populations of turkey vultures in the state, and the massive birds of prey (or birds of opportunity, if you prefer) soar en masse over the thermal-producing faces of Easton and Kachess Ridges. Of course, those big birds of opportunity are here for a reason—the region has healthy populations of mammals, big and small, from marmots to mountain goats, beavers to bull elk. Keep your eyes open and you’ll see a wide range of critters.

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

Activity Type: Birding, Hiking
Nearby City: Easton
Distance: 6
Elevation Gain: 2,270 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Best Times: 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 Easton Ridge

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