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Easton Ridge Trail

MODERATE 70 reviews

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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 5.8 miles Elevation Gain: 2,339 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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wild flowers

hiking
2 months ago

No snow on trail

4 months ago

Great hike. Best of the season. Views at the top are gorgeous. Went on a Thursday and only saw two other people all day. Personally, I think a moderate rating is misleading. Its very steep in some sections and there's a section near the top, though level, is very narrow. A slip there would be catastrophic, not much to stop a fall. Wouldn't take little ones on that part. Would definately go again when the wild flowers are in bloom. Just beautiful up there.

hiking
4 months ago

it's a cool day hike, but that's about it. The begining of the trail is really steep for the first mabey 2 miles then levels out once you get near the top of the ridge. there is only about a miles worth of walking along the ridge. but there is an awesome view of the lake for the majority of the hike. at the end of the trail there is a big rock which is cool for photos or taking a break on to eat. and has a view of both sides of the mountain. make sure to stay on trail 1212. go down by the crick and cross the bridge in the begining to hop on. it's not too well marked right away. but the trail is easy to follow the rest of the way. took roughly 2 hours to walk up and about 45 min. down. would definitely do this again. would make a really nice place to trail run if you are looking for some elevation

hiking
5 months ago

Yeahhhh...I'd give this one 3 and a half stars. Trail starts off with a butt load of switchbacks and steep grades...you really only spend a short portion of the hike on the ridge itself...so a better name would be Easton Switchback Trail. The climb is steep- and not to sound like a jerk- the views are just so-so. I mean its pretty, but for the amount of legwork you put it- you might not feel like its worth it. The view at the top is basically stuff you already see on the way up, just from a slightly different angle and with a bit less obstruction, so if you stop like 80% of the way there- you will have already seen all sites the trail has to offer. But otherwise it was good. Lightly trafficked. Overgrown towards the end- and more 'difficult' than moderate. Props to the pregnant lady who did this!

hiking
5 months ago

Trail starts out with a steep elevation climb, once your to the top of the ridge it isn't too bad except for a few areas that are a little overgrown (was able to wear shorts without a problem). You get great views once you're towards the end of the trail. Very quiet trail. did not see anyone else. Overall good hike, fairly strenuous, secluded, good views, and saw some agates/geodes at the top of the ridge.

hiking
6 months ago

Was a pretty cool hike. Not very many people on the trail (a plus), has views at the top of Kachess Lake, Cle Elum Lake, and Easton. Trail was a little overgrown in spots, but not bad at all. Huckleberries are starting to ripen near the bottom 1/4 of the trail (another plus), and we saw a fawn on our way back down. Recorded this as a 6.4 mile hike though, not 5.8.

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over grown
7 months ago

Short hike up but the first 2 miles are rather intense. After that it flattens out and remains rolling. You don’t get much of a view until you reach the boulders close to the end (where the old lookout site is). It opens up and you get a view of the Stuart Range in the distance and the lake below. You can also see Mt. Baldy and Thomas to the left and of course the I-90, to your back.

hiking
7 months ago

Well to call it a ridge trail is a bit of a misnomer considering you are only on the ridge maybe a quarter of the trail. Maybe being 6 months pregnant has something to do with it but I felt like this trail was very difficult. There was so much uphill it was very exhausting. When you finish the switchbacks you think you are done with uphill but oh no. The trail turns even more steep with no end in sight for another mile and a half. Yes there are nice views along the way and pretty flowers as you near the top. As others have said the trail is very overgrown the last two miles. I was wearing shorts like a dummy but no poison oak thank goodness. We went on a Monday and only passed 1 other group.

hiking
7 months ago

I did this trail yesterday and the views are fantastic which is why I rated it with five stars. The first half of the trail consists of switchbacks and some fairly straight up stuff in the forest. Then, it gradually opens out into beautiful fields of wild flowers. The view at the top looking down both sides is awesome.

hiking
over grown
7 months ago

The views are what makes this trail worth it. Others have said this already, the first 1.6 miles aren't terribly pretty and are brutally steep for the moderate rating this trail gets. Honestly I thought this was more difficult than Mt Ellinor. Once you reach the ridge, everything opens up and you see what you worked for. The views are stunning. The trail becomes slightly over grown as you work towards the end but with a little bushwacking you will reach a nice rocky outcropping with great views.

hiking
7 months ago

Follow signs for trail 1212. In late May, this was a steep trail for the first 2/3rds with no snow to speak of (a 20ft section near the top). There were lots of flowers and the view at the top/end was worth the uphill hike. It was closer to 7 miles round-trip. There’s not much parking.

hiking
8 months ago

Easton Ridge is an amazing hike with gorgeous views. Don’t accidentally head up the Kachess Trail but make sure you take the trail to the right of the sign and head towards the river to pick up the 1212 Easton Ridge trail as it’s not well sign posted at the bottom. After crossing the river and the incredible waterfall the trail gets fairly steep quickly and doesn’t let up for most of the hike. There are snow patches on the trail higher up and a few trees you need to get around but the hike has beautiful vistas almost the entire way up. We’ll be back!

backpacking
8 months ago

Decided to do an over nighter with a late start on Easton Ridge. Takes about 2-2.5 hours up , and 1.5-2 hours on the way down. Snow covered about 25%-35% of the trail so yak tracks or micro spikes would be good but snowshoes aren’t needed. Trail can be tricky to find in places so I had to use the all trails map to stay on course. It snowed a little on top and was chilly at about 25-30 degrees overnight but 50-60 during the day and hiked in a t-shirt. The views were decent but nothing amazing. Still a fun hike!

hiking
Sat Jul 21 2018

It was a beautiful day for a hike in this area, not too hot for late July. We clocked 6.6mi/2589 ft elev gain, it took us about 4 hours round trip. The first 2 miles are maintained and steady incline. The next 1.5 miles was a little grown over in spots and several downed trees to climb over, but plenty of wildflowers. If you push on all the way to the end there are beautiful views of North Cascades to your left, Mt. Rainier to your right and a few lakes below.

Sun Jun 04 2017

Fun hike! At a little over two miles you break out onto the ridge. I went about 3.5 miles. The last half mile or so wasn't maintained, and had a fair amount of trees to climb over or around. I wonder how far it goes... so I will likely be back. And check out some of the other trails in the system.

hiking
Fri Jun 02 2017

It was a 70 degree day and the uphill climb kept us quite warm! Due to being short on time we didn't get to walk far in the ridge but it was beautiful. Wildflowers are out. I was a bit confused at first about where the trail started. As other reviews say you have to walk a bit before the trail splits off. Then when you see the Kachess trailhead to the left go straight and then take the trail to left with the river to your right. Cross the bridge and you're on the Easton Ridge Trail. We'll go back when we have more time.

hiking
Sun May 28 2017

Amazing hike on Easton Ridge trail today. Got to the trail at 10am and there was about 10 cars parked. We only passed two other groups on the hike. The first mile is straight up switchbacks and then the remainder is a little more forgiving but still a solid workout. The views are stunning of Lake Kachess, Lake Easton and Mt. Rainier. Lots of bugs but didn't see much wild life.

hiking
Sat Jul 02 2016

wonderful, difficult trail. as another reviewer said, straight up and down but BEAUTIFUL views. and fun little metal and wood lookout at the top.

hiking
Mon Nov 23 2015

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.

hiking
Mon Jun 16 2014

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.

hiking
Sat Jun 29 2013

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.

hiking
Mon Aug 08 2011

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!

Thu Aug 21 2008

Trail from Thorp Lake is brushy low but then clears about 3/4 mile from top. Terrific views north make the hike well worth the effort.

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