Kachess Ridge Professional Review and Guide
"Starting your hike with a serious climb is a good way to limber up the muscles and distance yourself from any casual hikers who may crowd the trail around you. But crowds don’t pose a problem on this route—few hikers, it seems, know about this trail. That’s great news for trail dogs, as it means we can ramble unfettered. 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 encompassing the peaks of the Cle Elum River valley and south to Mount Rainier.
From the trailhead, hike the trail a short ways to the junction. If you have a muscular trail dog, you'll want to keep the leash tied to his pack or harness, letting your pup pull you up the steep trail! 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."