Kachess Ridge

Easton, Washington 98925

Kachess Ridge

Kachess Ridge Professional Review and Guide

"Located just east of Snoqualmie Pass, this ride offers a convenient adventure for Seattle-area mountain bikers. This route has a long, steep climb along a forest road before hitting singletrack.

The trail begins along a quickly eroding hillside, then becomes marvelous, jettisoning you across meadows and streams. The finale comes with steep, tight switchbacks. If you have the control, this racecourse-like trail is furiously fast and drops you into the parking area just a mile or so from where you began."

Kachess Ridge Reviews

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This was my first ride at Kachess Ridge. The climb is relentlessly steep though no walking was required. Not a lot of protection from sun. The first mile of singletrack is unride-able. Very loose and steep hike-a-bike uphill portage follows 100 yards of ride-able trail. The next few miles are awesome. The downhills can be technical with multiple water crossings. It almost makes you forget what it took to get to this point. The final mile+ of descending is...uh, interesting. Very loose and dry rock-shale-dirt at times steep. Tight switchbacks with frequent exposure may not be everyone's comfort zone. Given what it took to get the 3-4 miles of sweetness, I'll think twice about going back.
It's been a few years, but as I remember it, the climb to the top is on well graded gravel/dirt roads. At the top, you reach a saddle with interesting rock formations on the other side. The decent on single track was pretty rocky, and wet in places, making it a fairly challenging decent. Overall, a fun ride, but would probably be better later in summer when the ground dries up a bit more.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
2,700 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Technical Difficulty
Moderate to Difficult
Physical Difficulty
3 to 5 hours
Best in summer and early fall
2,200 feet
Trailhead Elevation
4,900 feet
Top Elevation
Snoqualmie Ranger Station, North Bend
Local Contacts
USGS Kachess Lake
Local Maps

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Jul 2018