Explore the most popular nature trips trails near Easton with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
12 days ago

The spring runoff has the creek running too wide and fast to cross. Beautiful area though. Would be a great hike when the creek is passable.

Hiked it last year in the summer

backpacking
7 months ago

Very beautiful views, very very difficult In the snow

10/14/17. We were the first on the trail and it was covered in snow. Towards the top, we were trekking through about a foot and a half of snow. I would not have been able to do this by myself or if there weren't experienced hikers leading the way. On the other hand, the trees and lake were absolutely stunning in the snow.

Oct 8. Road is good. Trail is good. Little snow at lake today but that will change in a week or so. Last mile is tough but not too hard.

hiking
7 months ago

The hikes first 2 miles are pretty easy but it's not until the last 1.5 where all the incline is. It was challenging for me but well worth it when we finally reached the lake. If it wasn't so cold, I would have happily jumped in. We decided after some rest, to continue on the additional mile or so to rampart lakes. That was amazing! If you have the energy for it, I'd go and enjoy the colorful fall colors already setting in and seeing the additional little lakes.

Wonderful trail! It can be a challenge with a overnight pack (especially the last half, as it's a bit steep) but great hike. Best to do during the week as weekends can get quite busy at the lake.

hiking
8 months ago

Great trail, after navigating the creek. A lot of "up/downs" thru out the trail. Spectacular sites of the lake as you go. Would like to complete one day, as we decided to go swimming halfway through.

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful views...you can see trouts jumping out of the water feeding:)...the trail is hard to follow,many rocks and tree roots going up.Recommend to wear hiking boots,as far as mosquitoes ...it's tolerable ...the Trouts are eating them while you enjoy the views and lunch.⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

backpacking
10 months ago

There use to be a bridge over a creek near the beginning of the trail but it is gone now. However, the water was pretty easy to wade though and added to the fun. The trail beyond the bridge is not maintained, but perfect for backpacking as fewer folks make it out there. Other obstacles include a big rock and several large fallen trees. Trail goes along lake, gorgeous views. Found a nice campsite along the water and enjoyed a peaceful evening.

hiking
10 months ago

This is an absolute butt kicker but totally worth it. You meander for about 2.5 miles through the beautiful valley along creeks and through wild plants and flowers. The bugs are INSANE so bring bug spray!! I'd highly recommend poles for both up and down. Lots of giant boulders and tree roots. Plenty of stunning views along the way and the Lake is beautiful too. If you go a little further up you can get a birds eye view of the trail. Still some patches of snow (7/20/17) along bits of the Lake. Great hike all in all. I think this is one and done for me.

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
10 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

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.

hiking
10 months ago

This trail really kicked my proverbial rear end. Boyfriend misread the elevation lines on the map, told me it was a 500 ft elevation gain hike, which turned out to be about a quarter of the actual. The trail starts with a bit of an incline, then is largely flat until the end, which is straight uphill, through parts of trail that look more like streams than trails, over dangerous slippery rock faces, over snow, and ultimately to the lake. When we went (June 24) the end of the trail was indecipherable under several feet of snow, and everyone just made their own way up past a certain point. Many people seemed lost and took quite a while to make it to the lake. Once we made it up there, however, we were handsomely rewarded with chilly, refreshing water, and gorgeous views. Would definitely recommend to others, though note to dog owners that we saw a dog almost slip and fall to its demise over a slippery rock face - we were thankful ours was leashed to us - strongly recommend a leash for this hike, given the numerous dangerous parts that come up quite quickly.

hiking
10 months ago

So beautiful! Hiked last fall and definitely want to backpack there is summer :)

An underutilized loop trail giving near constant views of Mt Rainier, Lake Easton, and Lake Cle Elum while ridgewalking high above Silver Creek. Turn west under the shoulders of French Cabin Mountain and then down into the valley. Cross Silver Creek and then turn onto the Kachess Ridge trail. Follow this through marshy, looping, mountain bike friendly trails back to your starting point.

backpacking
11 months ago

We tried this trail about 2 weeks ago and were not able to make it. There weren't enough signs to make it to the lake before sundown (started around 3pm), so we had to back out and camp closer to Lake Kachess.

We assumed from such a hard winter it wouldn't be possible to get to the lake (with out extra time and patience) for maybe another month or so.

hiking
11 months ago

**Update 6/25/17** A week of warm weather did the trail good and we made it! Lots of water crossings but the majority of snow pack making the trail difficult to follow has melted. Be prepared to get your feet wet. Bring a pack towel and Chacos or water shoes if you can swing it. The trail will dry up soon but currently it is very wet and wild. We'd also advise bringing a water filter or extra water in your pack. The final push to the lake quickly emptied our water supply. Also my GPS tracked to the lake and back at 8 miles round trip.**

We did not make it to Rachel Lake but still had a great time. FR 4930 is clear of snow and debris, but watch out for numerous pot holes -- a sedan can pass through without clearance issues. The trail is currently very muddy with snow melt and there are several snow fields that make the trail difficult to follow. Identifying cut logs ahead and recording our trip helped us stay on route. There are also several minor creek crossings throughout. At around the 3 mile mark we were unable to pass a major creek crossing without taking off boots and wadding through. We decided to turn around and return at a later date with water shoes for the crossing and a towel to dry off on the other side.

Sunday, October 02, 2016

Trail starts out following a service road, but climbs to some pretty spectacular views of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. The lake is pretty and deep enough for a good summer swim.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Very steep!!! Next day my whole is sore. I guess I'm still a rookie at hiking. But when me and my buddy finally made it to the top and down to Margaret Lake, it was worth it. Beautiful crystal clear waters with fish jumping every minute. kinda cool! Would not do it again. It's rated Moderate. I rate it Difficult and intense. It's a little tricky finding the right trails to the lake so pay close attention. Good luck!

hiking
Thursday, September 29, 2016

Got really steep at the last mile.
The bugs were so bad that my friend and I turned around with only maybe five more minutes to the lake.

backpacking
Friday, August 19, 2016

The hike is gnarly at times. You have to climb some steep rocks and roots. Though totally doable with careful balance and two feet. Hands would give you extra support and balance. There were roughly somewhere between 2 dozen and fifty blow downs between the campground and mineral creek trail head. There are several campsites along the way commanding excellent views and offering exceptional privacy.

hiking
Wednesday, July 27, 2016

It was a great hike! More steep than I expected, but very manageable. It took me around 3 hours total, with a short break for lunch at the lake. The lake is gorgeous, l was surprised to see many fish jumping & it was crystal clear. Can't wait to bring friends back to this place!

hiking
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Pretty hard for smaller kids, but it was beautiful.

camping
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Beautiful area *** definitely going back:)

hiking
Monday, June 13, 2016

Beautiful scenery! The snow was easy to navigate.

Monday, August 03, 2015

The beginning of this trail is very rocky with loose gravel so it's easy to slip. Polls are useful on this hike. Right now it's really dusty and dry. When you reach the peak it's 1900 feet then you have to descend another 300 feet, about a half a mile, to reach Margaret Lake. I'm rating it so low because in comparison there are so many better and more enjoyable hikes in the area.

hiking
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Fun, quiet hike, just far enough away from the city to drop a lot of the crowd. We only saw 3-4 other hiking groups the whole time, even though we were there on Memorial Day. We went down to Margaret lake from the junction point (2 mi in), then back up and on to Twin Lakes as well (worth the extra 1.2 mi if you have time). There are only a handful of stretches of snow left and it's easy enough to pick up the trail again each time you come across them.

walking
Monday, May 25, 2015

We tried this trail on Memorial Day 2015. The campground was nearly empty as people had already headed home from the holiday. It costs $8 to get into park for the day cash/check only. Camp sites include bbq grills bring your own charcoal. Lake views along trail are prestine, area is quiet and relaxing. Easy walking on trail or campground roadways even great for easy bike ride on paved roads through wooded areas.

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