Kachess Ridge Professional Review and Guide
"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."