Mountaineers CHS 1 hike to Mount Baldy. Numerous blowdowns to go over or under along the first 1.4 miles. The second leg of the hike, along trail 1308.2 from the Easton Ridge junction to the 4900ft Mt Baldy Junction, was very steep. The walk along the Mt Baldy ridge was classic. Great to be here on a clear, still day – sporting beautiful panoramic views from the summit over Lake Cle Elum. Afterwards we ate dinner at Mountain High Hamburgers in Easton.
Participants include Nicole Hansen (leader), Kristi Emigh, Lloyd Fleck, Lisa Grayson, Joy Selm, Barbara Vane, Cindy Romney and Leslie Wade.
- Washington Trails Association, Mount Baldy
- Washington Trails Association, Easton Ridge
- Washington Trails Association, Kachess Ridge / Kachess Beacon
- Green Trails – Kachess Lake – No. 208
Starting a hike with a serious climb is a good way to limber up your muscles and shake off any casual hikers. But crowds don’t pose a problem on this route–few hikers, it seems, know about this trail. It’s just minutes off the interstate, with grand views of the three big lakes of the eastern Snoqualmie Pass corridor (Keechelus, Kachess, and Cle Elum). You’ll also find panoramic views that encompass the peaks of the Cle Elum Valley and reach south to Mount Rainier.
From Seattle drive east on I-90 to exit 70. After exiting, turn left over the interstate and then turn left onto the frontage road. Continue a short distance before turning right onto Forest Road 4818 (signed “Kachess Dam Road”). Drive about 1 mile, then turn right at the next unmarked road junction (temporary sign and a pink square on a tree). Continue another 0.5 mile on the gravel road to the trailhead. Northwest Forest Pass required.
Trailhead GPS coordinates (47.2672, -121.1737)
8.00 miles, 3575 ft. gain, 7 hrs 25 min.