No Name Ridge Details
The northern portion of Kachess Ridge is very lightly traveled, and what lovelier way to do one of the best early summer wildflower rides to Thorp Mountain than to come in through the “back door”?
Before leaving on your adventure, pause and enjoy the stunning views from the trailhead! To start your ride, follow the trail (old roadbed) as it climbs across the center of a clearcut area, and at 0.15 mile enter the old forest to the south. You’ll start to gradually climb here, slowly warming your muscles as you go gently up the ridge before you.
In a half mile, you’ll find the first of many great views to the southwest, sweeping in many peaks of the south Cascades, including the stunning presence of Mount Rainier in the far distance. As you near the 1-mile mark, the route rolls onto an open rocky slope full of wildflowers and open views to the north, including the snowcapped summit of Mount Daniel.
The route continues to gradually amble up and down along the ridge, and at 2.4 miles the trail becomes rather faint as it runs through a lush hillside meadow—the flora here tends to grow quickly, and the trail can be hidden if crews haven’t gotten in and brushed it out. While picking out your path, enjoy all of the wildflowers at your feet.
A junction at 3.7 miles offers the option of a descent to Thorp Lake or a climb to Thorp Mountain. Go right to choose the climb, and at 4.2 miles reach another junction with the summit trail (to the left is the Knox Creek–Thorp Mountain access). Turn right once more and start the serious climb to the top of the peak.
The Thorp Mountain Lookout remains one of the finest old fire lookouts in the Cascades, with stunning views in all directions: down upon Kachess Lake to the south and southwest, Mount Daniel and Mount Hinman to the north, the Stuart Range to the far northeast—even views southeast to the Kittitas Valley and farmland and, of course, Mount Rainier to the southwest. Take your time here; it is a special place.
Terrain logged in 1988
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More Stats for No Name Ridge mountain bike trail
Altitude change509 ft
Altitude min4,783 ft
Altitude max5,494 ft
Altitude start4,896 ft
Altitude end5,405 ft
Distance climb2 miles
Distance down2 miles
Distance flat834 ft
Avg reverse time01:22:31
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- Snow Packed
- Snow Covered
- Freeze/thaw Cycle
- Prevalent Mud
- Very Dry
No Name Ridge Trail Reports
Jul 16, 2017 @ 9:03pmJul 16, 2017
|Fantastic views on this trail, can't think of many if any in the region that are better. Wildflowers a plenty. Problem I have with this trail is...|
Jul 13, 2017 @ 9:43amJul 13, 2017
|The author of the description of this ride got it right- it truly is a special place. Pros and cons of today's ride: Pro: seriously killer views...|
Routes with this trail
|Kachess Ridge||13 miles|
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