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    Kachess Variation - down Trail 1308?

    Looking at GT Map #208 I am considering an alternate route down Kachess and wonder if anyone has any beta. I am thinking to head east on Trail 1308.1 from below the meadow and connect with 1308 heading south parallel to the 'traditional' descent, just to mix things up. TR 1308.2 dumps out at the same end point as the regular route. Any feedback and/or advice appreciated.
    I am hoping there's a good view of Lake Cle Elum.
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    Beside the fact that it's a poach, I've heard it's pretty sketchy with a lot of hike-a-bike. The last descent looks pretty dicey, on the topo map anyway. That's some steep stuff. The view from the top of Baldy should be outstanding in every direction.

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    Thanks for the warning on the trail restrictions. I assume you mean that 1308.1 is limited to hiking? Is the trail from South Peak to Mt Baldy also restricted? My GT map doesn't inform me either way.
    My other thought is that if the traverse to the South Peak ridge is off limits that we might hike a bike OAB from the end of the Kachess trail up to Baldy for the views.
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    1308.1 and 1308.2 are hiker only. Always seemed silly to me because 1308 is open to bikes. If one were to do your route, one would want a bike that was easy to carry/push.

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    I hit the regular loop last weekend and found the trails in the best shape I've ever seen. We kinda ran outta steam to explore, unfortunately.
    I agree with you about the restrictions - quite frustrating. I'll have to make a return trip to learn more.
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