CHS 1 Hike - Kachess Ridge

Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series

CHS 1 Hike - Kachess Ridge

Hike Kachess Ridge to West Peak. We'll ascend to a flower meadow ridge top with nice views of Domerie Peak, Mt Baldy, Rainier and three lakes: Keechelus, Cle Elum and Kachess. CHS hike led at a CHS 1 pace (1.5-2.0 mph).

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  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 12.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,800 ft
  • Pace: 1.5-2.0 mph

Final destination is off I-90 exit 70. Start time will depend on forecast high temps, but expect a fairly early start. Various carpool points depending on where people will be coming from, with everybody converging at the Issaquah parking garage off exit 15  (state highway 900). If that would be backtracking for anybody, they can meet us in North Bend. I'll send details to those who register.

One of the M'eers trip descriptions says that this is a moderate stroll with 2200 feet gain. The actual total gain is probably 2800, maybe more. The first 1.25 miles or so are very steep. Then the trail ascends very gradually until the turn east onto the crossover trail to West Peak. The crossover stretch has many ups and downs.


Kachess Ridge

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Ten Essential Systems

  1. Navigation (map & compass)
  2. Sun protection (sunglasses & sunscreen)
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
  5. First-aid supplies
  6. Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candle)
  7. Repair kit and tools
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter (tent/plastic tube tent/garbage bag)
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