Mileage: 5.8 miles RT
Elevation Gain/Highest: 2200/4600ft
Map: Green Trails Kachess Lake No. 208
Favorite Eats After Hike: Aardvark
9/27/2015 This was another hike I did with a Meetup group the day after hiking Alta Mountain. The views weren’t quiet as nice as that hike but this does get the blood pumping and offer some short little scrambles on the side if you are into that kind of thing (watch out for a boot path that will take you off the official trail at 3400ft) . The switchbacks brought us to the ridge and it basically felt like a ramp heading up to the top. We had fun climbing the beacon that still stands. Can’t say it was the safest thing so I stayed down to take pictures. There were views of Lake Easton, Mt. Rainier, and Kachess Lake.
From the parking lot, go left at the junction on the trail marked for Kachess Ridge #1315.
Directions: From Seattle, drive east on I-90 to exit 70, signed for Lake Easton State Park. At the end of the ramp, turn left over the freeway. At the ‘T’, go left on Kachess Dam Road for one half mile, then right to stay on Kachess Dam Road (FR 4818). Travel another 0.8 mile, mostly on gravel, then turn right onto an unmarked one-lane dirt road. The road is rutted but driveable by most vehicles. At 0.6 mile, the dirt road ends at the trailhead. There is parking for about 10 vehicles, including along the shoulder. There are no amenities and no parking pass is required.