Kendall Peak (winter)

Easily accessible winter scramble in the I-90 corridor. With new snow, avalanches are common, but without, the windblown slopes near the summit can be icy and dangerous.

getting there

Drive I-90 to Exit 52 or Exit 53 at Snoqualmie Pass. For Exit 52, park at at the Snoqualmie Summit West Ski Area and walk to the Pacific Crest Trail. For Exit 53, park on the east side of the interstate.


From Exit 52, follow the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) for about 1.5 miles and then gentle forested slopes or the trial itself depending on conditions to near Kendall Knob at ~5,000 ft. Continue north following the PCT, contouring at ~5,000 ft, until you are southeast of and directly below the peak, ~4.5 miles from the PCT trailhead. Head directly to the summit.  

ski route

Most skiers stop at Kendall Knob at ~5,000 ft because the best skiing and least avalanche danger is between there and the interstate.


  • When there's new snow avalanches are common.
  • With no new snow the windblown slopes can become very icy and dangerous so crampons are recommended.

information for leaders

Permit information

As of 2017, the Snoqualmie Ranger District considers Mountaineers trips and courses to be "nominal use". Leaders should print and copy this designation letter to show rangers they may see on trail or carry a digital copy on their phone.

  • Difficulty: Winter Scramble, M2 Mountain 2 Ski
  • Length: 10.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,800 ft
  • 5,784 ft
  • Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass Gateway No. 207S
  • USGS Snoqualmie

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