Kendall Peak Lakes
Seattle Alpine Scrambling
Issaquah Transit Center
Note that winter scrambles are open only to GRADUATES of the Scramble or Basic Climbing class. Students of either one must wait until next year to participate
The Destination is point 5760+, which I once dubbed "Little Roosevelt Peak" northwest of Snow Lake, which is near Alpental Ski Area at Snoqualmie Pass. It is similar to the trip to Wright Mountain, except the ascent up from the lake is steeper.
Here is a link to a map centered on the peak:
Note: This is a long and strenuous scramble that includes 2 sections that are quite steep and will require confidence in the use of ice axe and crampons.
Meet at the Issaquah Transit Center (I-90 Exit 15, then 1/2 south on the left), at 7:00 AM. Call me on my cell phone at 425-442-6411 if you are running late and want us to wait for you.
- Ice Axe is always required.
- Snowshoes with aggressive points on the bottom such as MSR.
- Crampons are required for this trip.
- Avalanche beacon, shovel, probe and the skills to use them are highly recommended but not required for participation.
- No parking pass is required
From the main Alpental parking lot we will follow the route of the summer trail to back of the valley and up the steep icy slope, which is switch backs in the summer, then down to Snow Lake. There we walk across the frozen lake to the very far end and up the slope toward Roosevelt. If you look at the map (see link above), the route goes right between the words “Mount” and “Roosevelt”, then under the “M” and then straight north to the unnamed point just below 5800’. I went there a few years ago and found the view to be quite impressive.
If you look at the map, it is obvious that the route is a big “terrain trap” so in the event of avy danger “considerable below 6000 feet” we will alter the destination.
I would encourage you to review and print the map. If you can't get the 'Mapping Support' print feature to work, Press Ctrl-PrntScr to copy the screen Image to the clipboard, paste it into the Microsoft Paint program, crop it to size, and print it out. Please don't show up without map compass and the skills to use them.