Kachess Beacon Trail

MODERATE 7 reviews
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Kachess Beacon Trail is a 4.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Easton, Washington that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2188 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

blowdown

bugs

hiking
2 months ago

4 months ago

I hiked with Jim- he said it all!

In response to my WTA Trip Report someone posted:"the USFS continually closes the bootpath, but visitors continually take down the closure notices and use it anyway, which as you point out, is damaging to the ecosystem there. Thanks for writing about how loose and awful the boot path is. There's no room for error; if you slip, it's a long way down."

Being a rule follower (generally...) I'm going with three stars based on the expected experience if you do the same.

hiking
4 months ago

I was up at Lake Kachess and this hike was chosen as it was on the shorter side and one of the people in the group hadnt done it before. The parking area has enough for about ten cars and then the road is so narrow with brush overflow might be hard. Apparently at the same trail head there is a small waterfall a few hundred yards away that is worth the trip. At the beginning there is a clearing and then a trail down to the river. Just follow the river about 100 yards and you will see it.

We started the hike in the woods. It climbs pretty consistently from the start. In almost exactly a mile you will pop out of the trees and see the trail split. Here you are supposed to stay to the right. There should be a log and rocks blocking this path up to the left. You continue to climb and at this point we encountered terrible mosquitoes but I am not sure why. They did got to town. The trail then levels out some through the woods providing shade. Shortly after you come to a fork where the ridge trail goes to the right and you see a bridge ahead. Here you go left on the Beacon Trail section. Here is got interesting. It climbs again pretty consistently and it becomes a pleasant workout. This part of the trail could use some TLC. There are lots of devils club on the trail as well as numerous blow downs and trees to climb over. The trail is always easy to follow though.

Then you arrive finally at the ridge and the frame of an aircraft beacon that you can climb up for incredible views on Mt Rainier and the area below. Here is where it gets interesting. We used the All Trails application and the trail was the Kachess Beacon Loop Trail. So when we headed down the steep trail to rejoin the main trail. This apparently is the "boot trail" that yo according to the WTA info you are not supposed me on as its closed per the forest service. There was no signage or indication of this in any way so you might want to verify there views on this. It might have been reopened as well. That illegal boot trail has some incredible view and really bad the hike so I am not sure what to say here. It was steep and slippery going down and poles might be handy. After continuing down this steep trail you rejoin the main trail right where the trees start with one mile left to go.

If this hike didnt have the boot trail it might not have been worth the effort and time. I am also curious how much further up the ridge one would have had to go to get some views. I would not drive there from Seattle for the hike but if your in the area is a must do hike providing the forest service hasnt closed the boot trail as the loop was a fun part of it. Loop version is four starts, no loop maybe three stars

4 months ago

Took us 2.5 hours to get to top. Steep and challenging on both sides of the loop for different reasons. The right side of the loop had a number of downed trees but was besides that basically user friendly. The left side has a slippery steep dirt path but oh man the wild flowers on the ridge walk portion were unbelievable. Perhaps most lovely I've seen! So our knees were sore and our legs shaky for the last portion of the descent but so worth going that left hand side even after we'd been warned about the incline. Walking sticks were important there. Mosquitoes moderately bad on right side of loop, none on top, and hardly any on left side, perhaps due to breeze.
FYI It was not too clear without the app map where the junction of the loop started.

4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Saturday, July 02, 2016