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Kachess Ridge (North)
Miles RT: Elevation Gain: Route/Trail:
9 3400' route
Map: GT - #208 Kachess Lake
Season: fall

I wrote up the trip, but I found the description the trip leader filed on the Mountaineers website to be far superior:
"Parked at the signed French Cabin Creek trailhead. Followed the trail to the intersection with the Kachess Ridge trail and turned south. Shortly after passing through the pass between Pt. 5045 and Pt. 5525 we turned west into the basin below Pt. 5525, attaining the saddle to its east then followed the ridge line to the summit of Pt. 5525, which is a 10' high pinnacle, easily scramblable. We followed the ridge line SE, but before reaching Pt 5349 were forced by steepening rock to descend meadow slopes to the west and traverse maybe 300 yards before regaining the ridge crest at an attractive looking pass, from which several party members scrambled to the top of what I believe was Pt. 5349. From this pass we descended to the east and traversed around a cluster of pinnacles, regaining the ridge crest at about where the 5160' contour crosses the ridge SE of Pt. 5349. We continued on to the closed contour immediately south of Pt. 5184, retraced our steps maybe 100 yards and descended east to the Silver Creek trail, which we followed back to the cars."

 November 15, 2008      
Near the road end  
Spur road to trail head  
The notch Trail #1315
Patchy snow  
Everyone pauses for the view  
Mt. Stuart
Off the trail  
and a break  
Up slope to the ridge top
Queen of the hill  
A swarm follows  
Along the ridge
View east
View south and west  
Goats ahead
Goat photo op  
Smart goats
Along the ridge  
French Cabin Mtn. West Peak?
Dropping off the top  
Back up again
Foggy valley below  
Mt. Rainier
Traverse on the west side  
Approaching the end of the line
Pt. 5184  
Silver Creek #1315
Silver Creek #1315 
Silver Creek #1315
French Cabin Mtn. North Peak?
Route Map
Drive I-90 to the Hwy 903/Bullfrog exit 80 north to Roslyn - Ronald.  Just past the Cle Elum River Camp go left on Rd 4308 and follow to the gated end at about 4000' and the old road leading to the French Cabin Creek Trail.
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