Kendall Katwalk


Backpack - Spectacle Lake

This trip is more than a backpack to Spectacle Lake but a glorious 3-day (2 night) 26-mile point-to-point hike along the PCT from Snoqualmie Pass through Kendall Katwalk to Spectacle Lake, before hiking out via the Pete Lake trail. With any luck, we'll have clear skies, spectacular views, and no bugs. Total elevation gain is 5200' and nearly 6000' elevation loss.

  • Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 26.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 5,200 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 5,800 ft
  • Pace: 1.75

We will stage cars at Pete's Lake trail (the end of the hike) and Snoqualmie Pass PCT North Trailhead.  Two cars (and their drivers) will meet at Pete's Lake trailhead at 8:00 AM and shuttle back in one car to the Kendall Katwalk PCT Trailhead at Snoqualmie Pass by 9:30, where we'll meet the rest of the hikers.  At the end of the hike, we'll drive the group back to the PCT trailhead to retrieve the other cars.

ItineraryDay 1, we'll hike 7.5 miles from Snoqualmie PCT Trailhead past Kendall Katwalk and camp at Ridge Lake or Gravel Lake. Elevation gain is 2,730' and loss is 500'.  Day 2: Hike 10.3 miles along PCT, past Alaska Mountain, Chikamin Pass, ending at Spectacle Lake where we'll camp. Elevation gain is 2450' and loss is 3,400'.   On Day 3, we'll hike out the last 9.2 miles, with elevation gain of just 600' and loss of 2,100'.

This section of the PCT is iconic, flanked by local favorites of Kendall Katwalk, Red Mountain, Chikamin, Peak and Spectacle Lake.  The views are spectacular but the hike will be physically challenging and could be stressful if you don't like exposure, high ridges, or hiking through scree.  We will take our time and stop to take pictures along the way.  

There are long stretches with no water so plan to carry enough water for up to 8 miles of hiking.

The goals for this trip are to be safe, have fun, and enjoy each other's company. We'll hike as a group and look out for each other.  Participants should plan to be ready to hike each morning by 8:30.

Leader Permission is required:  When you request permission, (1) list at least two backpacks you've done this season (or no longer than a year ago) that are similar, e.g. 8-10 miles with 3,000-4,000 of gain or loss each day for 3 days or more and (2) whether you are willing to drive and how many passengers you can take in your car. 


Kendall Katwalk

  • Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass Gateway No. 207S

    Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass No. 207

    USGS Snoqualmie Pass
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

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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