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.

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
Map
  • Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass No. 207
  • USGS Snoqualmie Pass
Activities

Upcoming Activities



Day Hike - Kendall Katwalk

Day Hiking Trip
Join the Tacoma Singles Committee for a wonderful experience in the Snoqualmie Pass. This hike
Difficulty: Strenuous
Sat, Sep 22, 2018
No Prerequisites
3 participants on waitlist
Registration closed Sep 20
Tacoma Branch

Backpack - Ridge & Gravel Lakes

Backpacking Trip
Enjoy the Autumn beauty of red hillsides, blue lakes and great views.
Difficulty: Strenuous
Sat, Sep 29, 2018 - Sun, Sep 30, 2018
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
3 participants
Registration closes Sep 27
Seattle Branch

Day Hike - Kendall Katwalk

Day Hiking Trip
Preference to Olympia Branch Conditioning Hiking Series participants. Hike may be opened to general membership
Difficulty: Strenuous
Sat, Oct 6, 2018
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
4 participants 0 leaders
Registration closes Oct 4
Olympia Branch

Day Hike - Kendall Katwalk

Day Hiking Trip
Preference to Olympia Branch Conditioning Hiking Series. Trip may be opened to general membership at
Difficulty: Strenuous
Sun, Oct 7, 2018
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
5 participants 1 leader
Registration opens Oct 2
Olympia Branch

Day Hike - Kendall Katwalk

Day Hiking Trip
Preference to Olympia Branch Conditioning Hiking Series. Trip may be opened to general membership at
Difficulty: Strenuous
Sun, Oct 21, 2018
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
10 participants 1 leader
Registration opens Oct 16
Olympia Branch
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