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CHS 1 Hike - Kachess Ridge

Continues past turn-off to Kachess Beacon at 2 miles. Little-visited trail, very steep at beginning then gradual climb along creek to sub-alpine meadows. Long, tough loops possible (but didn't do this time).

  • Road suitable for all vehicles
  • NOT the trip described in WTA or M'eers website, which is only to Kachess Beacon. That is only 3 miles in; passed lots of people further up trail wondering where the Beacon was and why trail seemed longer (I guess they didn't think to look at a map). They missed the best part of the trip. Trail open to moutain bikers, mostly very polite. One group of them spent several days cutting downed logs on trail, making up for Forest Service's lack of funds to direct to this under-used and under-appreciated trail. Big new bridge over Silver Creek at 2 miles is great improvement over previous need to wade creek. Further north, several crossings might require wading or wet feet in early season.  Can do a long, demanding loop from trailhead, or with shuttle to north access past Roslyn could do a one-way very long day or overnight.

Went about one mile north of Silver Creek Tie trail (which runs nominally east to the Easton Ridge trail) then back. Total approx. 11 miles, maybe 2500 feet total gain.

 

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Deborah Dickstein
Deborah Dickstein says:
Thu, Jul 21, 2016 7:20 PM

WTA and M'eers trip guides need to have two clearly separate entries: one for Kachess Beacon and one for Kachess Ridge/Silver Creek. Currently if you look for Kachess Ridge, only the trip to Kachess Beacon is described. This is confusing and prevents people learning about the entire trail, which deserves more use and appreciation.