Monday, October 7, 2013

Hike of the Week- Easton Ridge

Updated  October 7, 2013

This hike is off of I-90 and is about 15 miles east of Snoq Pass and is snowfree with perhaps a patchy snow (less than inch) in a few spots. This is south facing so any (most) snow would melt

View of Mt Stuart from ridge top
Bring your Green Trails Maps- One of the 10 essentials

Check out maps. This hike number 208

Lake Kachess @Dennis Long
Lake Cle Elum
View towards south- Mt. Rainier in distance
Fall colors just starting to turn

From FS 4818  turn right on an unmarked road with this reflector 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 the tree there is a pink reflector (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 our hike Easton Ridge- trail 1212). Waypoints at Trailhead are N 47.16.03 W 121.10.28.

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.
Trail stats 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.

The Ten Essentials are items The Mountaineers recommends everyone carry on all trips.
  1. Navigation (map & compass)
  2. Sun Protection (sun glasses, sun screen, lip balm)
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination (flashlight or headlamp, spare bulb & batteries)
  5. First-Aid Supplies (gauze, tape, etc.)
  6. Fire (firestarter, matches, lighter)
  7. Repair Kit (knife, duct tape, tools, spare parts)
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water, water purification)
  10. Emergency Shelter (tarp, garbage bag)
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