Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Easton Ridge

Most of the trail is snow free, except the last mile there is snow on and off. No snowshoes or micro-spikes needed. The flowers are just starting to come out. Should be good for several weeks.

Mount Stuart

Mount Rainier

Jerry on the rock

From FS 4818 turn right on an unmarked road (the reflector is now a flag!) next to:
 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.

Turn right on FS Road 4818 (signed Kachess Dam Road). Stay on Road No. 4818 for less then one mile to an unsigned road junction, turn right-- on  (see photo above).

Continue about 3/4 mile to the trail head trail 1315 (Silver Creek) , elevation 2,368 feet (it is also the trail head for Easton Ridge). Way points at Trail head are N 47.16.03 W 121.10.28. This 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 6.3 miles round-trip with about 1,700-1,900 feet elevation gain. High point is at about 4500 feet. Track is here

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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