Easton Ridge Trail is a 5.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cle Elum, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October.
wonderful, difficult trail. as another reviewer said, straight up and down but BEAUTIFUL views. and fun little metal and wood lookout at the top.
Lots of downed trees, and slow going on the river side due to washouts. Still a very fun trail. There was a big pile of fallen pine boughs very close to the main fork; we ended up going around to the right on the river side and accidentally missing the turnoff for the ridge.
Sunday 6-15-2014: On this Father's Day we tried to avoid the rain and drove to Eastern Washington. We hiked Easton Ridge Trail near Easton, WA. The weather forecast was 30% chance of rain and it rained 30% of the time we were there. But it wasn't too bad. There were many blowdowns, but we could go over, under or around. The trail is soft, not rocky, muddy, nor rooty. Wildflowers were blooming. We had limited views from the ridge due to clouds, but it was fun for the whole family, and our dogs, Milo and Scout.
It was a beautiful day for a hike. Lots of flowers and great views of Mt. Rainier. It is pretty much straight up the whole three miles though. And, of course, straight down. :) My legs were aching for days.
This is a great trail. It is a fairly difficult 3 miles up since it is pretty much uphill the whole way. Some of the switch backs are quite steep and the trail is narrow. We had to hike single file. The trailhead is a little ambiguous. The forestry road that you take off of Kachess Dam Road is not really marked, but it is to the right after you have gone down Kachess Dam Road for about .7 miles. There is a sign on a tree where you turn off for a Boy Scout Troop. After you get to the parking at the trailhead, there is a number for the trail (#1212) and also a number for some other trail, but as you walk forward to start the trail, there is only a sign for the other trails (silver creek, etc.) and not for Easton Ridge. To the right of this, there is a small, steep trail that leads down to a clearing by the creek. This is where the Easton trail begins. Go to the left along the creek and go over a wooden bridge that crosses the creek. The hike is spectacular with views of Lake Easton and Lake Kachess, the valley, and the surrounding peaks most of the way up. It was a little buggy though, so bring repellent. The last part of the trail after you reach a sign for the Domerie trail is not as nice as the rest of the trail. You lose the view as you go up into the trees and the bugs get really agressive. You get the view back again towards the top, but the trail has taken you around the peak and it isn't as interesting as the first part of the trail. There were lovely wild flowers. All in all it was a beautiful trip!