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Easton Ridge Trail

Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Washington

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  • The Easton Ridge Trail.- Easton Ridge Trail
  • Small falls on Silver Creek.- Easton Ridge Trail
  • Little Kachess Lake from the Easton Ridge Trail.- Easton Ridge Trail
  • The ridge trail begins in a shaded, lush drainage.- Easton Ridge Trail
  • A trail junction provides some options if you would like to continue the hike.- Easton Ridge Trail
  • Easton Ridge.- Easton Ridge Trail
  • Easton Ridge.- Easton Ridge Trail
  • Little Kachess Lake from the Easton Ridge Trail.- Easton Ridge Trail
  • Little Kachess Lake from the Easton Ridge Trail.- Easton Ridge Trail
  • Sections of the Easton Ridge Trail become exposed near the top.- Easton Ridge Trail
  • Views from the Easton Ridge Trail.- Easton Ridge Trail
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Pros: 
Great views. Wildflowers. Nearby trails. Solitude.
Cons: 
Wayfinding can be difficult. Logs down on trail. Rough road to trailhead.
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Region:
Alpine Lakes Wilderness, WA
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
2,386.00 ft (727.25 m)
Parking Pass: 
NW Forest Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
7.00 mi (11.27 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
2,368.00 ft (721.77 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The Easton Ridge Trail is slightly difficult to find and is shared with Kachess Ridge Trail and the Domerie Divide trail. From the trailhead you will see the sign for Kachess Ridge Trail, but no direction to the Easton Ridge Trail. Look for a little pathway to the right of the Kachess Ridge Trail sign; this small, steep trail leads down to Silver Creek. Follow the trail as it continues along the creek to a bridge and waterfall. This is where the Easton Ridge Trail officially begins.  

The trail wastes no time beginning its ascent, gaining 1,100 feet in roughly 0.8 miles. This hike has you working for the wonderful views of Lake Easton, Mount Rainer, and Kachess Lake along the ridge. Also, deepening on the time and season, the path is filled with various wildflowers, birds, and wildlife. In the ensuing 2 miles you will have reached 4,470 feet. On the way there are some downed trees that require some agility to negotiate; one perk of these small obstacles is that the trail remains best suited to hikers. Once you reach the ridge, it is easy to lose track of the trail as you explore the views. The ridge is exposed, so shade can be a precious find on a hot day.

Note that wayfinding is a little tricky on the way down, and it is easy to lose the trail or to end up on an alternate trail. Watch for landmarks, and use a map or a GPS device.

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