OverviewFrench Cabin Mountain, Baldy, Domerie Ridge, and all of the Easton Peaks. In addition, there will be great views of the Snoqualmie Pass area, east towards Mt. Stuart, and north towards Mount Daniel and Mount Hinman.
Kachess Ridge is a fine early-season objective, being in prime condition from April until mid-June. Afterwards, this area around Easton tends to be very dry and hot. You will want to save this scramble for a time when the western slopes of the Cascades remain buried deep in snow and the skies are grey in the West.
Follow trail #1315 up a steep hillside, and then up a valley for 1.5 miles to junction at a switchback. The switchback is sometimes concealed with branches or rocks, and is at 3450 feet. Continue straight (left) at the switchback instead of making the switchback right. Climb to the top of the ridge, then continue north along the ridge and boot tracks to the radio tower at the top of the first false summit. Follow the ridge north for just over one mile to the peak at 5194 feet, which is unofficially called Little Kachess or Kachess Ridge.
Alternatively, you can stay on the trail past the switchback up to about 3700 feet, then head cross-country due West up to the ridge crest through open forest and hit the radio tower almost directly.
Trip Stats: 7 miles round trip, Elevation Gain: 3000 feet, Class 2
CampingThere is fine camping up the Silver Creek Basin, but once you have left the Kachess Ridge Trail and gone for the radio tower, there are no more camping opportunities, especially after the snow is gone (by late June).
Cle Elum Ranger District
West 2nd Street
Cle Elum, WA 98922
Snow conditions are available from the Summit at Snoqualmie Ski Areas (of which Alpental is one) at the following website:
Summit at Snoqualmie Snow Conditions
Also, webcams are available from the Washington State Department of Transportation at: Snoqualmie Pass Web Cam