Kendall Katwalk

A strenuous 11 mi round trip hike with 2,700 ft in elevation gain along the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) north of Snoqualmie Pass. This hike takes you to a narrow trail blasted into the cliff face with views of wildflowers, mountains, ridges, and fall foliage. As part of the PCT, pack animals and dogs may be found on this trail. From Kendall Katwalk, hike another 1.5 miles to Ridge and Gravel Lakes for a long er day hike or a nice backpacking trip and day hike access to Alaska Mountain and the scenic Needle Site Gap.

getting there

Drive I-90 to Exit 52 at Snoqualmie Pass.  At the end of the off ramp, turn north and within 100 meters there is a dirt road on the right.  Turn right onto the road and park in the Pacific Crest Trail northbound trailhead parking lot (3,000 ft).

on the trail

kendall katwalk

Starting at Snoqualmie Pass, follow the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) first through forest then climbing to a scenic ridge crest and then along Kendall Katwalk, one of the most impressive walks on the Washington state portion of the PCT. It's 11 miles round trip and 2,700 feet of elevation gain with a high point of 5,400 ft.

Ridge & Gravel Lakes

From Kendall Katwalk, continue 1.5 miles to the secluded Ridge and Gravel Lakes.  From a camp at Ridge or Gravel Lake, you can day hike about 2 miles round trip to Alaska Mountain or over eight miles round trip to the scenic Needle Site Gap. Round trip from Ridge & Gravel Lakes is 13 miles and 4,550 feet of elevation gain with a high point of 5,400 ft.

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.

  • Suitable Activities: Day Hiking
  • Seasons: June, July, August, September, October, November
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Length: 11.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,700 ft
  • 5,400 ft
  • Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass No. 207
  • USGS Snoqualmie Pass

Upcoming Activities

CHS 2 Hike - Ridge & Gravel Lakes

Day Hiking Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series
This hike on the Pacific Crest Trail near Snoqualmie Pass has it all - wildflowers,
Difficulty: Strenuous
Sat, Aug 7, 2021
No Prerequisites
7 participants
Registration opens Jul 21
Seattle Branch

CHS Tacoma September Graduation Hikes - Kendall Katwalk

Day Hiking Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series
Trip will initially open to Tacoma Branch Conditioning Hiking Students. Trip will open for registration
Difficulty: Strenuous
Sun, Sep 26, 2021
No Prerequisites
9 participants
Registration opens Aug 15
Tacoma Branch

Day Hike - Kendall Katwalk

Day Hiking Trip
Difficulty: Strenuous
Sat, Oct 2, 2021
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
7 participants 1 leader
Registration closes Sep 30
Olympia Branch
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