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Kachess Ridge / No Name Ridge Trail #1315

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 4.5 (4)

This trail is all climbing, but rewards you with spectacular views of the central Cascades and Mount Rainier.


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12.9

Miles

20.8

KM

Point to Point

5,581' 1,701 m

High

2,404' 733 m

Low

4,653' 1,418 m

Up

2,160' 658 m

Down

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

59%

Max Grade (31°)

Dogs Unknown

Features River/Creek · Views

Description

From the moment you leave the parking lot, this trail begins its challenging climb. Take a left at an unmarked intersection shortly down the trail and come upon a sign for the Kachess Ridge Trail. The trail ascends through a heavily wooded valley along Silver Creek. Though steep, the trail is well maintained and free of obstacles. At about 1 mile, you'll come to an unmarked intersection. Both trails lead to the ridge. However, the right trail is the official trail. The Forest Service has closed the left trail, so do not use it.

At about 2 miles, you'll reach an intersection near the creek. A labeled spur trail to the left leads to the ridge. This portion of the trail climbs steadily and is littered with large and old blowdowns that make moving quickly through this section challenging. Emerge from the dark forest onto the ridge. You'll be greeted with spectacular views of Kachess Lake and the mountains beyond. An old fire lookout also tops the ridge.

If you're looking for an extended hike, you can descend back to the intersection at Silver Creek and follow the trail up the valley into alpine meadows beyond.

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Dan Sloat

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  4.5 from 4 votes

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#332

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#7,800

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View from the first intersection
Sep 8, 2018 near Cle Elum, WA

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Nov 26, 2020
William Livernois
Broke the trail up to the Silver Creek Connector with snowshoes, followed the GPS as closely as possible. Beautiful scenery, steady climb to altitude 4.6mi
Sep 6, 2020
Erin Blaine
Jul 8, 2017
Josh Rosen
10mi — 4h 00m