Kendall Katwalk


Backpack - Ridge & Gravel Lakes

Backpacking overnight (1-night) to Ridge and Gravel lakes on the Pacific Crest Trail. We might interact with some late-season PCT through-hikers. Our route includes the amazing Kendall Catwalk.

  • Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 13.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,700 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 5,400 ft
  • Pace: 1.5-2 mph

The parking lot fills up very early, so let's get an early start on Saturday morning. - meet at the trail-head at 7:30 AM. Be ready to hit the trail by 7:45. (Carpools encouraged and  TBD).

Carpooling to the trailhead from Tibbitts Field open parking lot, behind the Issaquah Transit Center, will be available.  We'll leave Tibbits at 7 a.m.

We'll plan to eat lunch at the Katwalk, and set up camps at Ridge and/or Gravel lake, depending on campsite availability. I anticipate plenty of downtime on Saturday afternoon for reading, games, relaxing, an alpine lake swim, blueberry picking (?), etc.  Those interested can also hike out further on the PCT toward Joe Lake.

If there is excessive smoke, or if there is substantial rain in the forecast, I will likely cancel the trip.

Also, please bring bear-management for food (see equipment tab for more details)


Kendall Katwalk

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Please plan to bring food for lunch on the trail, dinner in camp, and breakfast the next morning. Either bring a bear container, or be well versed in how to hang food.

I suggest there to be at least one water filter for every 2 people on the trip. I'll be bringing one.

The Ten Essentials plus overnight gear which may include:

  • Tent with footprint/ground tarp
  • Stove and fuel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Water filter
  • Bear canister or extra stuff sack and cord designated for hanging food
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
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