Kachess Ridge Trail is a 6 mile point-to-point trail located near Easton, Washington that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and horses and is best used from June until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.
From Seattle, E on I-90 to exit 70. Go North over freeway. Left on West Sparks Rd for 1 mile. Right on FSR 4818 for 1 mile, Right on FSR 203 for 0.5 miles to trailhead at end of road
Good fun trail in late mid-March. Trail was dry up to, and just past, 1.9 miles, but there was snow at higher elevations. The change in scenery and terrain is enjoyable and there are spectacular views. Some trees across the trail, but easily negotiable. Is it a long uphill climb out from the trail head, but hey... it's all down hill coming back.
4-26-14: I did a portion of this trail which I think is called Kachess Beacon trail, although the signs for the trailhead only indicated two numbers, 1212 and 1315(?). Then as you begin hiking - immediately up steep switchbacks - there is a sign for three other trail names not called Kachess Beacon (I think one was silver creek). Anyways about a mile and 1000 ft. up in elevation later supposedly you reach a fork, but at this time of year it was covered in a few feet of snow (clear to that point). We tried navigating the snow in the direction we thought the right fork of the trail went, but it seemed a bit dangerous as the snow was deep but obviously soft and melting. Just as we were about to give up and find another trail, we found the left fork and started upward.
The left fork only has a trail for a short ways, and then you basically scramble straight up the mountain (1000 ft. over about a mile). In this case the easiest path was covered in snow, but there was plenty of room around the edges to find your way up. it was steep and slippery, switching between snow, loose rock, and soft loose dirt/moss/etc. With the incline and trail conditions it was definitely a challenge, but doable. After that fork the views open up a bit as well. It was a short and challenging hike, but worth it.
Friday 11-1-2013: My wife and I went on a hiking to Kachess Ridge Beacon near Easton. The weather was partly cloudy. We arrived at the trailhead at 9:50. We started hiking at 10. At 10:45 we reached a fork in the trail. We took the left, which goes straight to the summit. The trail was one of the steepest we climbed. Soon Mt. Rainier emerged over the horizon. We reached the summit at 11:47. We had lunch below the beacon. We started descending at 12:30 and took the less steep but longer route. The straight route was very steep and we thought it would be dangerous to go down. This trail had very many blowdowns. Some downed trees were difficult to negotiate. We returned to our car at 2:24. We saw no one else on the trail.