Alpine Scramble - Little Kachess Peak

This is good early season snow scramble ascending a ridge high over Lake Kachess with views of the Cascade Crest and the Teanaway and a long ridge run from Kachess Beacon to the summit. Be prepared for plenty of snow on this trip.

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  • Sun, May 28, 2017
  • Seattle Alpine Scrambling
  • Scrambling
  • Singles, 20-30 Somethings, Adults
  • Strenuous 2, Technical 2
  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)
  • Mileage: 7.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,900 ft

Meet at the service station on the north side of I-90 at the Easton exit #70 by 8:00 a.m.  Driving time is 1 hour 15 minutes from the Seattle 65th Park & Ride.  I recommend you leave by 6:35 am. Driving directions:  Drive I-90 east from Snoqualmie Pass to exit 70.  Go to the north side of the freeway and drive east a short distance to the service station. 

Follow Trail No. 1305 (Silver Creek Trail) for 1.9 mile to the ridge. A boot track leaves the trail, traversing open rock left (west) to the ridge line, at about 3,700 ft. Continue west, then north, to the old radio tower called Kachess Beacon. Follow the ridge north to the peak at 5,194 ft, which unofficially is called Little Kachess.

For online maps see: 

Gmap4 (select CalTopo Hi Res USA):,-121.174866&z=14&t=t4

Caltopo (select MapBuilder Topo):,-121.17406&z=14&b=mbt  


Little Kachess Peak

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