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Echo Ridge

Central Cascades

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WTA Member

5 

Hiked Aug 3, 2018

Type of Hike

Day hike

Trail Conditions

Trail in good condition

Road

Road rough but passable

Bugs

No bugs

Snow

Snow free

After completely bungling our attempt at Chelan Butte by driving the whole thing, my parents and I hiked a few afternoon miles at Echo Ridge to cap off our vacation. Went along Upsy-Daisy to Grand Junction, hopped on Zippity Do-Da, then took Nuthatch back to the Upper Trailhead. Right around 3.3 miles, which worked for our schedules perfectly.

Trails are in good condition. Relatively flat elevation once you get up to the trailhead; my mom has trouble with steep declines, but she had no problems here. Might be more of a "nature walk" than a "hike," depending on your definition. Not a whole lot of protection from the sun, so water and sunscreen are especially important.

Smoke, unfortunately, diminished some of our viewing opportunities, but that isn't the trail's fault. We did get to observe the aftermath of wildfires from a few years back; some trees were bare at the bottom, but lush on top. 

Although we weren't completely alone on the trails, we had plenty of solitude. Maybe it was the heat, or maybe it was the smoke, but folks were not flocking here.

We did have to use our brains a little to make sure we were on the trail we wanted. Be sure to check the signs, and be aware that they're a little difficult to read from a distance.

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