Kendall Katwalk


Day Hike - Ridge & Gravel Lakes

Let's ditch work and go hiking....oh yeah, it's Labor Day, we have the day off...let's go hiking!

  • Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 14.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,000 ft

I really don't know how full the P&Rs will be on Labor Day so let's meet at the PCT trailhead  at 8:00 AM to gear up and go.  

From Seattle, drive east on I-90 to exit 52 - “West Summit”. At the end of the ramp, turn left under the freeway onto Alpental Rd. In just 0.1 mile, take the first right, unmarked but featuring a sign in Forest Service brown announcing the need for a parking pass. In another 0.1 mile, the road splits. To the right is the main parking lot, large enough for over 50 vehicles. To the left is the stock (horse trailer) lot, and overflow parking. Both have vault toilets. A Northwest Forest Pass or equivalent is required.  Look for the black VW.

The PNW experienced quite a bit of smoke in August.  Your leader is a rugged mountain woman however not invincible, and got very sick from the smoke in August.  If the smoke persists or recurs this hike will be reduced to something shorter like Annette Lake.

We will follow the Pacific Crest Trail north through coniferous forest, past Red Mountain, cross the Kendall Katwalk and then continue to Ridge and Gravel Lakes if weather is nice and we feel like it.  The hike to the Katwalk is 12 mi roundtrip with 2,600' gain, if we venture to Ridge and Gravel Lakes we are in for  2-3 more miles and about 300' more in gain.  


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

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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