CHS 2 Hike - Ridge & Gravel Lakes

Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series

CHS 2 Hike - Ridge & Gravel Lakes

This hike on the Pacific Crest Trail near Snoqualmie Pass has it all - wildflowers, mountains, ridges, and views. We'll cross the Kendall Katwalk (pictured) and continue on to Ridge & Gravel Lakes before making our return trip. CHS 2 hike led at a pace of 2.0-3.0 mph.

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  • Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 14.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,600 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 5,400 ft
  • Pace: 2.0-3.0 mph

This is the Kendall Katwalk and is a busy trail.  We will meet at the trailhead at 7:30 am. 


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.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass


Kendall Katwalk

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Ten Essential Systems

  1. Navigation (map & compass)
  2. Sun protection (sunglasses & sunscreen)
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
  5. First-aid supplies
  6. Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candle)
  7. Repair kit and tools
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter (tent/plastic tube tent/garbage bag)
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