This little known hike, located just minutes of I-90 yields amazing views of Keechelus Lake, Kachess Lake and Cle Elum Lake, not to mention beautiful Cascade peaks including Mount Rainier. There are two trails leading away from the trailhead here. Take the left path for Kachess Ridge, the right path leads to Easton Ridge. The trail climbs from the very beginning and at times the forest breaks, yeilding views of Mount Baldy, Domerie Peak and Easton Ridge. After about 1 mile of climbing, the trail levels as it follows along Silver Creek. At 1.9 miles the trail forks. The main trail heads right and continues alongside the creek. The path to Kachess Ridge is left, follow it as it makes its way through switchbacks. From here the trail climbs more aggressively to the top of the ridge at 4600 feet.
Kachess Lake Trail
This trail proves that not all hikes have to be epic outings to be enjoyable. Though short, this loop is a great learning adventure for folks of all ages. Preteen kids will especially love exploring its watery world of lakes and creeks, as well as diving deep into century-old forests.
The hard-packed trail is open and accessible for all users, including folks in wheelchairs, making it perfect for anyone. Toddlers can bobble along, as can those who want a nature adventure but can't walk far. The grade is gentle and the trail well maintained.
The trail loops over the pretty little Box Canyon Creek--stop on the bridge and peer down, trying to spot the small trout that dart through the clear waters in pursuit of aquatic insects. Once over the creek the trail climbs gently to a bench above thelake that provides views down on the creek and along the lakeshore.
The return portion of the loop rolls over a slab of moss-covered rock as big as a parking lot--note the many tall trees growing from this seemingly solid surface. Kids will marvel at the work of seeds and roots in forcing the rock open to allow the trees to grow.
Little Kachess Trail Location
Trail Head is located at the Lake Kachess Campground. Just past the fee booth at the entrance (camping fee only), turn left and drive about 0.5 mile to the parking area for Little Kachess Trail No. 1312.