Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Easton Ridge

Updated 3-24-2015

Easton Ridge is snowfree except just a few small snow patches. Flowers are starting to bloom already. Might have a slight dusting of new snow from today 3-25-2015. Great views on this Thursday and Friday (3-27-2015)

Mt. Stuart to the left
Flowers starting to come out
Cle Elum Lake 
View of Cle Elum Lake and clouds rolling in

Bridge crossing of Silver Creek @ Dennis Long
From FS 4818  turn right on an unmarked road with this reflector (the reflector is now gone!)  next to it Waypoint N47.15.976 W121.11.154@ 2260'
Directions: From Seattle drive I-90 east and get off at Exit 70. Proceed over the freeway and turn left onto frontage road. Then turn right on FS Road 4818 (signed Kachess Dam Road). Stay on Road No. 4818 go less then one mile to an unsigned road junction, turn right-- on  (see photo above). Continue about 3/4 mile to the trailhead trail 1315 (Silver Creek) , elevation 2,368 feet (it is also the trailhead for Easton Ridge). Waypoints at Trailhead are N 47.16.03 W 121.10.28 Careful trail is hard to find

Trail stats: Initially for a very short distance follow sign for for Silver Creek  trail 1315 but in less than 1/8 a mile you will notice a dirt path (on your right- unmarked) and  turn right on a path to the creek. Then once next to creek and on trail turn left and go a short distance upstream you’ll find the bridge and cross bridge and continue there and follow trail. In about a mile or so , at 3400 feet, you will reach a ridge top and turn right and follow trail 1212 and enjoy ridge top views. From the trailhead to the rocky outcroppings on the ridge crest it is approximately 7 miles round-trip with about 1,700-1,900 feet elevation gain. High point is at about 4500 feet.

Disclaimer: There are many factors which you should consider in deciding whether to proceed with an outing, including the visible weather at the trailhead, the strength and experience of the party, snow and avalanche conditions, route conditions, etc. You are the final decision maker whether to proceed. West Coast Weather, LLC dba Washington Online Weather cannot be held liable for loss or injury arising from your decision to proceed, and expressly disclaims all liability related thereto. Redmond, Washington USA. Also, please bring map-compass and GPS to help with trail directions as our directions are our best estimate.

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