2 miles
Distance
844 ft
Climb
-1,231 ft
Descent
01:11:48
Avg time
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Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Easton
    , Washington
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #44931 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    75 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking

Grand views down to Kachess Lake and as far south as Mount Rainier make the steep Hike-a-bike up to Kachess Ridge Beacon worth every step. Many years ago, this unnamed peak was the base for an air-traffic beacon, and today it is still a very picturesque scene. The dusty brown terrain on the ridge contrasts with surrounding blue lakes and green trees, and the old beacon stands tall and rusted at the highest point.

Begin climbing from the trailhead, heading left toward Kachess Ridge up a steep trail that wastes no time gaining elevation. As you climb, keep your eye out for occasional views south through the trees to Mount Baldy, Domerie Peak, and Easton Ridge. Soon the angle of the trail moderates, and you will be treated to a .75-mile stroll along Silver Creek and past several small, tumbling waterfalls.

Turn left away from the creek and make your way up another steep climb through devil’s club and small alder groves. Before long, you will pop out of the dense forest onto the bare ridge and take in the view of Mount Baldy and Mount Rainier to the south, Ambilis Moutain to the west, and Kachess Lake below. Despite the trailhead's easy access from the freeway, crowds are never an issue, and you will likely have the ridge to yourself.

Alternatively, if descending the primary Kachess Trail, use this to get a bit more elevation up and down. This is the trail to go on to get the views

More Stats for Kachess Beacon Trail bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -387 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,379 ft
  • Altitude max
    4,610 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,766 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,379 ft
  • Grade
    -4.488%
  • Grade max
    -55.184%
  • Grade min
    31.778%
  • Distance climb
    4,409 ft
  • Distance down
    4,206 ft
  • Avg time
    01:11:48
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Status:
on Jun 1, 2017
Snow Packed
Avg: 2.5 (2 votes)

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  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
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  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
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  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
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      Kachess Beacon Trail Trail Reports

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      Jun 1, 2017 @ 12:27pm
      Jun 1, 2017
      The top half is entirely covered with snow, to the point that you can't identify the trail. The lower half is pretty much entirely...
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      • 12 miles avg distance
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      Routes with this trail

      titleratingdistance
      Kachess Ridge
      13 miles

      1 Review & Comments

      • + 0
      flag String425 (Aug 7, 2017 at 19:30)
       I'm really surprised to find this as a marked trail on here. If you're into off camber fishtailing next to large exposure then you might want to ride this. I'd suggest hiking up from the bottom of this trail to see what it's like and to avoid the countless blowdown trees. There are parts where if you took a tumble you wouldn't get back up. Super fun if you don't though!
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