CHS 2 Hike - Kachess Ridge

Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series

CHS 2 Hike - Kachess Ridge

Leave the crowds behind as we follow Silver Creek through forest and past wide-open meadows. Views of the French Cabin mountains will peek out from the distant horizon, until they loom above us at our turn-around point: the saddle between French Tongue and French Chin. CHS hike led at a CHS 2 pace (2.0-3.0 mph)

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  • Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 12.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,600 ft
  • Pace: 2.0-3.0 mph

Meet at the trailhead at 8am. No parking pass required.

You can google "Kachess Ridge Trail" or follow these directions: drive east on I-90 to exit 70, signed for Lake Easton State Park. At the end of the ramp, turn left over the freeway. At the ‘T’, go left on Kachess Dam Road for one half mile, then right to stay on Kachess Dam Road (FR 4818). Travel another 0.8 mile, mostly on gravel, then turn right onto an unmarked one-lane dirt road. The road is rutted but driveable by most vehicles. At 0.6 mile, the dirt road ends at the trailhead. There is parking for about 10 vehicles, including along the shoulder. There are no amenities and no parking pass is required.

I will not be organizing carpools, but folks are welcome to reach out to other people on the hike to self-organize carpooling if they feel comfortable doing so.

This hike will likely have snow in the last 2 miles; microspikes and poles are highly recommended since it will be slushy in the sun/heat. There are also several creek crossings (9 last time I visited) and while all of them had rocks/logs to cross a year ago, conditions may have changed since then.

Masks and hand sanitizer are still required gear to bring on hikes and we will still adhere to social distancing as best we can during breaks. However, I won't require folks to wear a mask while hiking.


Kachess–Domerie Loop

  • Green Trails Alpine Lakes East (Stuart Range) No. 208SX

    Green Trails Kachess Lake No. 208

    USGS Kachess Lake
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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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