2 miles
844 ft
-1,231 ft
4,610 ft
High Point
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  • Riding Area
    Easton, Washington
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking

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!

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More Stats for Kachess Beacon Trail mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -387 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,379 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,766 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,379 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    4,409 ft
  • Distance down
    4,206 ft
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on Jun 1, 2017
Snow Packed
Avg: 2.5 (2 votes)

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  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
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Directions to kachess-beacon-trail trailhead (47.290059, -121.170967)
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Kachess Beacon Trail Trail Reports

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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Aug 7, 2017 @ 7:31pm
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Jun 1, 2017 @ 12:27pm
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Nov 7, 2016 @ 9:34am
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Kachess Beacon Trail

Routes with this trail

Kachess Ridge
13 miles

1 Review & Comments

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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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