Feature Instagram Photo: Kendall Peak Lakes Snowshoe Trail. Photo by @rachydavy.
Kendall Peak is located just twenty-four miles east of North Bend near Snoqualmie Pass and features gorgeous Cascade views.
This twelve-mile roundtrip hike from Snoqualmie Pass via the Kendall Katwalk section of the Pacific Crest Trail is rated difficult and may require proper equipment in the winter months. Featuring stream crossings and small waterfalls it can get a bit icy. The old growth forest and beautiful wildflowers such as lupine, paintbrush, phlox, and columbine make up what some like to call the Kendall Gardens and is stunning in the spring! Black tail deer can also be spotted if you’re quiet enough. Picnic tables and blueberries can also be found along the way!
Along with beautiful nature sightings, Kendall Peak has four peaks that are all roughly the same height with the tallest sitting at almost 6,000 feet tall. Also, it offers stunning unobstructed views of Mount Rainier and Red Mountain. If you choose to you can walk the narrowest part of the path, known as Kendall Katwalk which is 150 yards long and about 5ish mile into the hike or enjoy the beautiful views of Alpine Lakes Wilderness and Gold Creek Valley on the way up.
Kendall Peak is just as stunning as it difficult and worth the trip for the amazing views and nature you’ll get to enjoy!
*Please check with the local Ranger Station to make sure trails are open and safe for hiking prior to arrival.