Positioned near Easton, Washington, the Kachess Lake Trail offers a challenging yet highly rewarding mountain biking experience. This 19-mile loop is a true test of endurance, skill, and tenacity, reserved for those who yearn for an authentic, difficult ride.
Unquestionably, the trail showcases a variety of terrains: steep, rocky, and rooty areas that will challenge even the most seasoned riders. The descent is a mixture of hair-raising slopes and beautiful stretches of singletrack through meadows and old-growth forests. Do note, however, that the trail bears the scars of pack animals in recent years, affecting its quality especially in the lower half.
Access to the trail is straightforward: take I-90 to exit 70, cross over the highway, make a left on Sparks Road, and then a right on FR 4818. Your trailhead parking space will be situated under power lines.
Whether one chooses to grind up the gravel road or shuttle to the top, the singletrack descent is the trail's pièce de résistance, blending stunning vistas with intricate technical areas. Those craving machine-built flow may need to adjust their expectations. However, the trail's unique blend of nature and challenge creates its own form of flow, making every struggle on the ascent worth the exhilaration on the way down.
If you're up for a true '5 chain ring grunt', Kachess Lake Trail delivers in spades. It's a long, tough, and technical ride that will require all your skills and grit, but the views, the solitude, and the raw, unfiltered mountain biking experience make it an unforgettable journey.