Kachess Ridge Loop

Easton, Washington 98925

Kachess Ridge Loop

Kachess Ridge Loop Professional Review and Guide

"You'd never guess it from the first 5.9 miles of the loop, but the Kachess Ridge loop is a steep, challenging, advanced-level ride with a strenuous 5.3 miles of climbing (4.8 miles on the road and another 0.5 mile to start the trail) and an exhilarating 6.2-mile descent through meadows, across creeks and loose rocks, down some tight switchbacks and to beautiful.

The trail access is unmarked as well. If you're an advanced rider, don't let it deter you; it's really pretty straightforward, and definitely worth the effort. By the time the trail is rideable you'll encounter dusty trail in some sections, and some wet trail in other sections as you parallel and cross Silver Creek. A rugged trail with rugged scenery makes for an advanced, rugged ride. Please be a trail-conscious rider and walk your bike where appropriate."

Kachess Ridge Loop 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 mixure, at times steep. Tight switchbacks with frequent exposure may not be in everyone's comfort zone. Given what it took to get the 3 to 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
2,800 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Technical Difficulty
Moderate to Difficult
Physical Difficulty
Check with the ranger district office.
2,200 feet
Trailhead Elevation
5,000 feet
Top Elevation
Cle Elum Ranger District, 509-674-4411
Local Contacts
Green Trails #208 Dachess Lake and the Cle Elum Ranger District map.
Local Maps

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Jul 2018