Return to Kachess

In Ride Rinse Repeat by Hawkens

Kachess used to be a trail I’d ride multiple times a season starting back in 2001 then for some reason fell out of favor around 2007. Fast forward five years later a group of us returned to tackle Kachess again.

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We started by the powerlines and rode along the lake for a 5 mile warmup.

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Then THE climbing began that 1st mile up to a great view point was tough and would not get any easier until we reached the meadow some 5 miles and a hike a bike later…..

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Less than a mile to go

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A bit more climbing yet to do….first lets stop for some lunch and enjoy the views. Not much for bugs yet…

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Nearing the hike a bike section we would ride down a bit then start climbing back up. The two areas in white we need to hike through then one more push over the ridge and to the fun stuff

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Reaching some of the snow we saw from the earlier photo….slick stuff and a steep hill try once you start rolling it will be hard to stop. Need to keep moving the mosquitos are thick!

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Climbing some more….

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Finally reached the top looking back on where we came from

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Now that the climb is over we are on what makes Kachess worth the trip. I was only able to capture a few photos in this meadow before my arms were completely covered in mosquitos and had to keep moving.

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After about 3 miles of riding the bugs become less of an issue.

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Rolling through the forest never saw anyone else on the trail. Did come across a runner and a group of hikers out enjoying nature.

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Coming down the switchbacks

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Check out the concentration!

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By the time we rolled back we had covered 19+ miles. Loaded up the truck and made our way to North Bend for some food.