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Intermediate Hike - Easton Ridge

We tried this last year, but we took the wrong trail at the start and headed up Kachess Ridge. When we came down we noticed the unmarked trail we should have taken at the start. Hopefully the flowers will have started blooming because there were some wonderful flowers last year.

This time we'll head south on the trail. North end had wonderful views of the surrounding mountains and lake so I'm sure the same will be seen from the southside.

Roundtrip 6.0 miles
Elevation Gain 2270 ft
Highest Point 4470 ft

Map: Green Trails Kachess Lake No. 208

Please read the description and trip reports at the following link:

http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/easton-ridge?searchterm=easton+ridge

Find the trailhead near the parking area, then take the right-hand path (Trail No. 1308.2) as it climbs steeply to the southeast, plunging straight up the steep face of the wall above Silver Creek (the left-hand trail). The trail switchbacks for more than 0.75 mile, gaining 1000 feet, to reach the junction with the Easton Ridge Trail (elev. 3400 ft).

Turn right at the trail junction to head south along the ridgeline. In the next 2 miles you'll climb gradually to a 4470-foot viewpoint on the ridge. Peer down to the small community of Easton alongside Lake Easton. On the other side (to the east) look across the Domerie Creek valley to Domerie Peak and Mount Baldy.

Driving Directions:

From Seattle drive east on I-90 to exit 70. After exiting, turn left over the interstate and then turn left onto the frontage road. Continue a short distance before turning right onto Forest Road 4818 (signed "Kachess Ridge and Easton Ridge"). Drive about 1 mile, then turn right at the next road junction and continue another 0.5 mile to the trailhead.

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  • Collene

    May sounds like a good plan for this hike. I tried it last July and it was HOT! Even in May, I would bring water as I think the only water on the trail is the fantastic stream at the bottom. Also prepare to toil on some steep trail! When you get to the junction with Easton Ridge Trail mentioned in the trail notes, you will probably be ready for a break. If so, and you don't mind going out of your way, travel maybe 0.75 mile along the (mostly FLAT thank goodness) trail going left from the junction (the Domerie Divide trail) and you'll come to a sweet ledge viewpoint that overlooks Little Kachess Lake and a waterfall (WAYYYY in the distance) up the valley. On the way back you can keep your eyes peeled for a memorial sign placed at horse mounted height commemorating someone's last horseride....

    April 9, 2013

    • Kathy L.

      thanks for the great info, Collene. I was supposed to do this last July, too, but ending up going up the wrong trail to Kachess Beacon. We found the Easton Ridge Trail after we came down.

      April 10, 2013

    • Kathy L.

      I should have reread this before leaving. We didn't make the detour and we probably should have. Oh well, I think the consensus is this is worth doing again anyways.

      June 2, 2013

  • Kathy L.

    Yeah, we found the right trail this year. And we were the only ones on it (until we saw another group descending as we stopped for lunch). Great weather, great views, great wild flowers, and great people and pooches. This was a good workout but there was much to see along the way to stop and photograph to give us a break.
    Thanks for coming out today ladies, I look forward to the next one.

    June 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I plan to meet everyone at the trail head in the am. See you then!

    June 1, 2013

  • Kathy L.

    I think we should be finished hiking by 1 or 2 pm so being back by 4:30 shouldn't be a problem. I am picking up Penny at the North Bend Safeway so I only have room for one more person. Don't think I can take another dog.

    June 1, 2013

  • Gretchen

    I'd be willing to carpool but need to be back in Seattle by 4:30 to make it to Toby's Sunday class. I don't want to cramp anyone's style, but if you're on a similar schedule I could either drive or ride.

    June 1, 2013

  • Kathy L.

    May 30th report from the Washington Forest Service Ranger Station Cle Elum;
    Easton Ridge - mostly clear of snow.

    May 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry; something has come up and i'll be unable to make Wednesday. Have a good time! Sounds fun :-)

    May 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Kathy, yes, please include me. Thanks!

    May 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd like to participate in this hike but it says that RSVP's are closed. Any way I can still get in?

    May 25, 2013

    • Kathy L.

      It's full at the moment Julie. Keep checking back, though. If anybody cancels (which often happens ) a spot will open up and the first person to nab it gets it.

      May 25, 2013

    • Kathy L.

      Julie, do you still want to come? I will bump you in.

      May 28, 2013

  • Kathy L.

    Also, if you have yak trax or micro spikes or traction devices, through them in your pack just in case we encounter snow. Haven't seen any trail reports this year, but the few from last year there was no snow at this time of year. But better to be prepared.

    May 28, 2013

  • Kathy L.

    Carpooling is a good idea, the Trailhead is not huge. Eastgate Park and Ride is also a good meeting point for those coming from Seattle and North. I can take one or two and a dog.
    You need a NW Forest Pass for this Trailhead - this is a different pass than the state park Discover Pass.

    May 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    anyone want to carpool from North Bend?

    May 28, 2013

  • Andrea

    My plans have changed so I'm changing my RSVP so someone else can go.

    May 27, 2013

  • Susan

    Thanks!

    April 28, 2013

  • Kathy L.

    I have changed the date for this hike to June 2nd. Give the most recent snow in the area time to melt out. Please read Collene's post for some good info on this hike.

    April 10, 2013

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