Kendall: Knobs, Lakes & Loops

A strenuous snowshoe or ski trip of up to 9 miles round trip and 1,700 feet of elevation gain. It follows an old logging road up the southern ridge of Kendall Peak near Snoqualmie Pass and on to Kendall Peak Lakes.

getting there

Take Exit 54 off of I-90 (2 miles east of Snoqualmie Pass), turn left, and cross under the interstate. A few hundred feet north of the interchange, turn right onto a narrow paved road and drive east paralleling I-90 one mile. Cars generally line both sides of this road, because the shoulder is the primary parking area for the long Gold Creek Sno-Park. Park at the end of the plowed road, near the small bridge over the stream connecting Mardee and Keechelus Lakes.

on the trail

Stay on the road for an easier trip with lower avalanche danger or bypass the road for a more moderate outing with off-trail route finding. Around 1.5 miles in along the road you'll reach  a switchback that leads to a view of Coal Creek Basin and the ski areas of Snoqualmie Summit, this is a great place to grab a snack and some water. The main road continues to climb until about 3.5 miles when the road makes a sharp turn and heads south. To reach Kendall Peak Lakes (4,400 ft) you'll want to leave the road, turn north and look for a path below the crest of the ridge and traverse for about one more mile. If you turn off earlier you can gain the ridge and reach first Kendall Knob (4,300 ft).

information for Leaders


Please use this route/place for the following trips that leave from this trailhead to avoid multiple Mountaineers groups at this location. And remember you can edit the title of your trip to be one of the titles below so that it shows the specific area you are going.

  • Kendall Peak Lakes
  • Kendall Peak Lakes Basin
  • Kendall Ridge
  • Kendall First Knob
  • Kendall Second Knob

  • Difficulty: M1 Intremediate Ski, Strenuous
  • Length: 9.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,700 ft
  • 4,400 ft
  • Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass No. 207
  • Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass Gateway No. 207S
  • USGS Snoqualmie Pass

Upcoming Activities

Winter Camping Field Trip - Kendall Peak Lakes

Snowshoeing Field trip: Winter Camping Course - Foothills
Practice winter camping skills, try out gear, learn hands-on about how to be safe and
Difficulty: Strenuous
Sat, Mar 9, 2024 - Sun, Mar 10, 2024
No Prerequisites
2 participants 0 instructors
Registration closes Mar 7
Foothills Branch
Frank Jones
Qualified Youth Leader
Trip Reports

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  • Kendall Peak Lakes
  • Kendall Peak Lakes Basin
  • Kendall Ridge
  • Kendall First Knob
  • Kendall Second Knob
  • Kendall Peak Loop

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