Kachess Beacon

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest

Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Washington

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Kachess Beacon


  • The trail climbs through small alders and Douglas firs.- Kachess Beacon
  • Up the ridge through a dense fir forest.- Kachess Beacon
  • View of neighboring ridge.- Kachess Beacon
  • Silver Creek.- Kachess Beacon
  • Trail through Devil's Club patch.- Kachess Beacon
  • View down to Lake Easton.- Kachess Beacon
  • Trail along the ridge.- Kachess Beacon
  • The beacon.- Kachess Beacon
  • Kachess Lake.- Kachess Beacon
  • Craggy ridge trail.- Kachess Beacon
  • Kachess Ridge and Kachess Lake.- Kachess Beacon
  • - Kachess Beacon
Overview + Weather
Great views. Solitude.
Alpine Lakes Wilderness, WA
Pets allowed: 
Net Elevation Gain: 
2,200.00 ft (670.56 m)
Parking Pass: 
NW Forest Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Biking
Total Distance: 
6.00 mi (9.66 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
2,400.00 ft (731.52 m)
Current Local Weather:
Hike Description

Hike Description


Grand views down to Kachess Lake and as far south as Mount Rainier make the steep hike 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 hiking 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.

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