Kachess Ridge and No Name Ridge loop

Where to ride this Friday? It’s cloudy and cool in Seattle, vs. sunny and 75 F in Cle Elum. Not a big decision to make here. The time had come to ride both, Kachess Ridge and No Name Ridge, and explore the Cooper River trail a bit.

Easton to Kachess Ridge, No Name Ridge, Cooper River trail, and then Coal Mines, Iron Horse on the way back.

Easton to Kachess Ridge, No Name Ridge, Cooper River trail, and then Coal Mines, Iron Horse on the way back.

I parked in Easton and rode to the southern Kachess Ridge trailhead. Its immediately hike-a-bike time.20130913_111655small 20130913_112556small 20130913_121222small

The trail was well maintained. Occasionally, it leveled off and I rode as far as I could before I had to push or catch my breath. The elevation profile of the singletrack portion along Kachess and No Name ridges is highlighted below – this was 5200 ft. of climbing.

The singletrack along Kachess and No Name ridges is highlighted.

The singletrack along Kachess and No Name ridges is highlighted.

The views were amazing, though. It is the beginning of fall and some colors were starting to show.20130913_125920smallI sampled delicious blueberries as I pushed up through the overgrown blueberry bushes. Turning around, I saw Mt. Rainer in the distance and Little Kachess Lake below.

Mt. Rainier and Little Kachess Lake

Mt. Rainier and Little Kachess Lake

20130913_140541smallFurther on, the trail offered amazing views as I rode or walked the steep sections along the ridge. panorama1small

Thorp Lake.

Thorp Lake.

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The view at the northern end of No Name Ridge trail.

After a long dirt road descend, I rode roughly half of the Cooper River trail. It’s fun and a bit techy river-trail riding.

Cooper River.

Cooper River.

Along Cooper River trail

Along Cooper River trail

The road across the Cle Elum Dam turned out to be closed, so I re-routed along the Coal Mines trail and Iron Horse trail back to Easton. Overall, it was a pretty good ride. But, I wish there were a way to make this a tighter loop without so much road riding.

Stats: 58 miles, 9:20 hours, 7300 ft., GPX track

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