Kachess Ridge / Kachess Beacon
Jun 10, 2012
- Type of Outing
- Day hike
- Read More in our Hiking Guide
- Hike: Kachess Ridge / Kachess Beacon
- Region: Snoqualmie Pass -- Snoqualmie Pass
- Agency: Cle Elum Ranger District
- Trails: Kachess Ridge (#1315), Kachess Beacon (#1315.3)
- Avg Rating: 3.25
- Why You Should Go Now
- Wildflowers blooming
- Be Aware Of
- Snow on trail
The trail does climb quickly. The trail guide said something about the trail moderating in angle after about 1 mile. Someone's definition of moderating differs from mine. This felt uphill, all the time. The trail junction described wasn't very clear. On my way down, I think I found it. Heading up, you will cross a very short talus field before coming to it, except you may not notice as the trail to the beacon goes straight, while the (main?) trail goes off right, switching back. And then... the real climbing begins. From there to the Beacon site, it is akin to the haul up Bandera Mountain from Bandera Junction.
All that said... views are as advertised and they get better with every step. The wildflowers are also in fine form. I cannot name all the varieties, but there were plenty. Someone who knows their stuff will really enjoy this right now. The mosses were really lovely, too. Some snow up top but nothing that gets in the way or requires anything extra.
Swung down to Silver Creek on my way down at the very end of the trail. Worthy side trip... less than 1/4 mile upstream is an old dam and footbridge. A pretty spot in the shade to close it out. Was back at my car around 2.