Tired of the June gloom in Western Washington? Want to go somewhere with some sunshine, hike to a viewpoint or two while enjoying spring wildflowers? Of course you will need someplace to park the RV for the weekend too!

You will find all of that and more just a short drive over Snoqualmie Pass on the outskirts of Easton. With the Cascades blocking the marine layer and clouds from Western Washington, spring weather on the east side of the Cascades is likely to be warmer and sunnier than the west side.

Silver Creek Falls

Location: Less than two miles north of Easton, you will find a little known forest service trailhead that provides access to three trails leading up into the mountains. The three trails are Easton Ridge Trail, Domerie Divide Trail and Kachess Ridge Trail. Each trail offers something different in regards to views, terrain, water features and difficulty. Bring a pair of binoculars to take full advantage of the views offered plus the chance to see mountain goats clinging to the rocky cliffs bordering Silver Creek. Due to this winter’s abundant snowfall and resulting spring melt, all the lakes (reservoirs) which can be viewed during your mountain top hikes are at full pool making them that much more scenic. One more reason to load up the RV and go!

The Junction on the Easton Ridge Trail

Trail information: Click on each of the links below to learn more about day hikes along the trails.

Kachess Ridge Beacon

 

Start of Kachess Ridge Trail

Easton Ridge

 

View from Easton Ridge

Mount Baldy via Domerie Divide

Wildflowers on the way to Mount Baldy

Lake Cle Elum from Domerie Divide Trail

Trail head directions: Travel east on I-90 to Exit 70. Take the exit and turn left over the freeway to West Sparks Road. Take a left on West Sparks Road. Continue approximately a half-mile to FR 4818 (signed Kachess Dam Road) and take a right. Follow FR 4818 roughly a mile to an unmarked road on the right (The junction is at N 47° 15.975 W 121° 11.158). Follow this road for about half mile which ends at the trailhead.

Camping:

Of course you will need somewhere to set up base camp for the weekend with the RV while you hike the trails.

Dispersed camping – Those of you that enjoy dispersed camping in the national forest will find numerous campsites sprinkled along graveled Forest Service Road #4818 (aka Kachess Dam Road). These sites will accommodate larger RVs with average ground clearance. – Those of you that enjoy more remote back country campsites (You know who you are: truck campers, Sportsmobile, etc) will find smaller dispersed campsites along the dirt road to the trailhead. Note: The road to the trailhead is single lane dirt with brush along the sides likely to drag the side of your RV. Dispersed camping rules can be found here.

Lake Easton State Park: If dispersed camping (aka boondocking) is not your thing, you can camp at nearby Lake Easton State Park where you will find 45 full hook-up sites. 

Notes:

The beginning of the Easton Ridge Trail can be difficult to find. To find it head east on the trail from the trailhead a short distance, when you see the mileage sign to points along the Kachess Ridge Trail and the trail begins to climb, look for a little pathway descending to the right. Take the trail and then follow the creek upstream to the official start of the Easton Ridge Trail. You will know you are in the correct place when you arrive at a waterfall cascading over an old wooden irrigation dam and a foot bridge crossing the stream. This is also a good place for the kids to enjoy on a hot summer day.

Bridge and Falls at the Beginning of Easton Ridge Trail

Camping is prohibited along the first portion of the Kachess Dam Road which is part of Lake Easton State Park. Once you pass under the high tension power lines you will begin to see the dispersed campsites on both sides of the road.

While many hiking websites state a Forest Service Pass is required to park at the trailhead, there are currently no fees or passes required.