West Kachess Wetlands

Easton, Washington (Kittitas County)

Last Updated: 05/07/2020
3 / 5 ( 1 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 1.87 miles
Highest Elevation: 2390 feet
Duration: About 45 minutes
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: North
Nearest Town: Easton
Nearest Town w/ Services: Easton
Official Road Name: 116
Management Agency: Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
District: Cle Elum Ranger district


Highlight: West Kachess Wetlands
This route is predominantly used as a snowmobile trail in the winter, but once the snow melts it makes for a fun detour off the main forest road, FR-4828. The terrain is mainly soft dirt with some rocky areas, which a hard rain can turn rather muddy. The trail navigates through lush forest along the edge of a large wetland adjacent to Lake Kachess. In many places, a short walk off the trail affords visitors with beautiful views of the wetlands and the various critters that call it home such as beavers and herons. However, those who are worried about their paint jobs may want to be cautious about taking this trail, as some pinstriping might occur due to its narrow and poorly maintained nature. This trail is best to run June-October to avoid patches of lingering wet snow.


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1. Trail start (0 mi)
The trail starts at NF-116.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: North Bend, Washington

Head east on I-90 and take Exit 70 onto West Sparks Road, and head west for 2.8 miles until the road transitions to NF-4828. One mile further and you will reach the trailhead on your right.



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Adventure enthusiast is probably an all encompassing, accurate way to describe Alex. When hes not exploring outside the states, you can find him on the hunt looking for hidden gems of nature scattered about his home state of Washington, whether it be unique waterfalls or epic campsites. Somewhat of an amateur photographer, you can usually find him with his dslr camera in tow, looking for epic shots that are out of reach to the average tourist. Although fairly new to the true offroading scene with big lifts, winches, and 4-low, during his college days his semi obsession with rally racing led him to explore almost all the unpaved roads withing a two hour vicinity. If the weather is nice, your'e almost guaranteed to find him somewhere outdoors either fishing, shooting, hiking, camping, or wheeling.
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