Keechelus Ridge is moderately popular winter summit destination located just off of I-90 about 10 miles east of Snoqualmie Pass. The peak in winter tends to be more popular with snowmobilers than with hikers due to the fact that there are large amount of groomed trails that around the area. There are two-noted areas of Keechelus Ridge and numurous other sub-peak on the ridge worth visiting while at Keechelus Ridge.
Microwave Hill, a sub-peak a half mile to the west of the true summit of Keechelus Ridge is most famous as a snowmobiler hang out due to its great views to both the north and the south. Peaks such as Mount Stuart, Mount Daniel and Mount Rainier can be easily seen from this sub-peak.
The true summit of Keechelus Ridge is located a half mile east of Microwave Hill and is just a short wooded Class 2 bushwhack or off-trail snowshoe to the true summit. The views are minimal at the actual true summit of Keechelus Ridge but literally just a hundred feet to the east there are is an excellent view down to Lake Kachess and Kachess Ridge. There is striking sub peak to the east with no name that looks also to have amazing views of the surrounding area.
Map of all Noted Routes
Getting ThereVIA THE PRICE CREEK TRAILHEAD: This trailhead is located right of the westbound lane of Exit 61. If heading here from Seattle you want actually go past Exit 61 on I-90 and go to one mile to Exit 62. From there go over the ramp and head back westbound. One mile up you will see the Price Creek Sno Park.
Red TapeWahington State Sno-Park Permit Required to park at the Price Creek Trailhead.
Washington State Sno-Park Permit Info
CampingThis summit would not a desirable camping spot in summer. I would recommend going somewhere else. Use caution because apparently there is a fair amount of private property in the area. Leave no trace if you do.
External LinksPrice Creek Trailhead Info
Keechelus Ridge Peakbagger Page
Trip report up Keechelus Ridge. This was the route where I did run into No Tresspassing Signs
Another Keechelus Ridge TR, this one bushwhack most of the way up from Price Creek TR
This is an important link about the private property issues that are going on at Keechelus Ridge.
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