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|Trail Name||Kendall Katwalk|
|Distance||10.3 Miles Round Trip|
|Elevation Gain||2700 Feet|
|High Point||5400 Feet|
|Trip Reports||Kendall Katwalk|
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Kendall Katwalk offers a great trail experience hiking along the Pacific Crest Trail. The Pacific Crest Trail is one of the nations long distance hiking trails streaching from Mexico to Canada and traveling 2,650 Miles. This little stretch is one of the best with rocky peaks, emerald valleys, fields of wildflowers and views of Rainier. The Katwalk is a narrow stretch of trail blasted into granite the has a very impressive drop off. The trail gains about 2,700 feet topping out at 5,400 but most of this is gradual with some flat stretches.
How to get there
From I-90, take exit 52 at Snoqualmie Pass. Head north on Alpental Road. A few hundred yards ahead, turn right at the sign for the Pacific Crest Trail. Just ahead, take another right following the signs for 9041. Parking lot is just ahead of you. Elevation: 3,000 Feet
The trail is just behind the kiosk. In about 100 yards turn right at an unmarked T- intersection. Continue as the trail narrows to single track. At about 2.0 miles you will descend for almost .25 of a mile through a boulder field. Re-enter the forest and about 0.5 miles ahead, go right at a fork. Following the signs for the Pacific Crest Trail. You should now be climbing steeply. As you pass an open area check out Red Mountain. The trail makes a 180 degree turn at 3.0 miles. Cross a few creeks. About 4.7 miles into this you pop out of the forest for many great mountain views including Rainier. The trail becomes a narrow ledge that steeply climbs along exposed rock gardens. The trail turns to the right and levels off for a little bit. At 5.7 you have reached the Katwalk. Return the way you came.
Rocks, roots, big drop offs, narrow ledges, wildflowers, Mt. Rainier, mountains, creek crossings, boulders, trees, avalanche chutes, snow into late spring.
Fees, Permits, etc.
- Northwest Forest Pass required to park at this trail head. The pass is available at National Forest offices and visitor centers, via private vendors or online. Note that WTA and some other vendors listed do not carry day passes.
- Alpine Lakes Wilderness Pass. (at trailhead)
After the Hike
About .5 miles back at Snoqualmie Pass is food, drinks and accommodations.
You can fill out your Alpine Lakes Wilderness Pass at the kiosk at the trailhead. In the summer of 2009 a small fire damaged the trail just beyond the summit. There is a detour so watch for signs.
Green Trails: #207 Snoqualmie Pass, #207S Snoqualmie Pass USGS: Snoqualmie Pass