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cross country skiing
4 days ago

Icy groomed trails but still fun.

Good hike but view a little disappointing

hiking
25 days ago

Trail was great , near the end got quite steep. This trails connects to many others and can go on forever. Look forward to doing this hike again but also continuing longer and farther.

Beautiful little hike on a beautiful day! I wasn’t expecting such an awesome view of Rainier within the first hour of the hike. And then Red Mountain which is very unique. Of course the actual Katwalk goes without saying it was truly stunning & unique.

Sadly, two days after we had done this trail there was news that someone had fell. So be careful out there everyone! Happy & safe hiking...

hiking
1 month ago

My husband and I hiked the trail on Thanksgiving day and was caught in a snow storm. Dropped about 8" of snow on top of the already deep snow. The Katwalk was very windy and icy so we decided to turn around and not chance it. We hiked back to the trail head as it got dark. Beautiful day!

Went up today solo, got spooked for no reason and turned back until I met with another group and they were kind enough to let me join them. It was raining on and off and we ended up crossing through two waterfalls, be very careful with your footing or you may be swept away and unless you're super careful you will likely get wet regardless. I was able to do the whole trip without trekking poles or spikes though poles would have made at least one crossing easier. Today there was 1-2" of snow at the top and it did snow on us towards the top. Really a lovely hike and I look forward to going back in fair weather!

hiking
2 months ago

A great day hike in the rain and snow.
There are two sections where the water is really flowing. The first one is quite deep, 90% of people turned back and didn't cross it that we saw.
The second one is easy, go up the hill 50 ft, it is only 2 foot wide, jump it.
Interesting easy hike. Can hear the I-90 freeway the whole hike, didn't like that.

on Kendall Katwalk Trail

2 months ago

Legit

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful lake, it’s much more enjoyable than Snow Lake. There is a huge drop off in people on the trail after you pass Snow Lake. Trail is very well maintained.

3 months ago

I enjoyed the elevation and length although it can become difficult towards the end.

You can either take the long route to the top which is 6 miles. It's well paved but the incline gradually increases, it almost feels never ending. Or you can take the route where you pass through the falls, which is the most intense 1.5 mile climb to the top. At the trailhead the 2nd route is unmarked, and probably because of how difficult it is. At the top you can see (3) mountains, Baker from the north, Rainier from the South, and I think the last one is Adams.

I'm giving this a (3) star because of the payoff isn't as rewarding as other hikes nearby.

Challenging but rewarding, the best combo. 360 views from above all the local hikes, can see all the NW peaks on a clear day. Great hike on the I-90 corridor.

hiking
3 months ago

As others have mentioned the hike to the falls is great, but afterwards it's not marked at all. I downloaded the GPX to my Garmin but it didn't seem to match the actual trail so wasn't much help. I reached a ridge line at the top of the falls but turned back b/c I couldn't tell if I was still on the trail or not. Trekking poles were useful to me on the more difficult parts.

Beautiful

backpacking
3 months ago

Definitely worth going to extra distance to Gem Lake from Snow Lake. Very pretty and a good place to stop for lunch.

backpacking
3 months ago

The effort was 100% worth the reward. Fall colors and a beautiful day.

Nice trail lots of people. Beautiful scenery this is an awesome time of year to go there. But have to like being around people.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

This was a beautiful hike with incredible views from start to finish. Definitely areas that were a bit challenging but well worth it.

18.09.23

Hiked with my 2 dogs. The road to the trailhead is a private drive and is closed to vehicles. Plus, there is no parking where the trail begins. You must park at the Gold Creek Pond trailhead, adding on over 1.5 miles of road walking... That being said, I logged 13.2 miles on my Garmin. For that discrepancy, it lost a star.
Saw very few hikers, and saw my first WA bear right about where you cross the river! It was just minding its business fattening up on foliage for the winter. After watching from around 200 ft away for around 5 minutes, it heard my dog rolling in the bushes at my feet and made a steady climb up and away from us.
This trail is moderate until the last mile; it then becomes a very steep strenuous climb with several boulder fields between you and the lake. Also encountered several downed trees near the lake, but they could be managed OK. I would suggest this trail get changed to Hard.

Fun, love the view. I’ve done this hike several times now. Does anyone know a more challenging hike?

The trail is maintained and fairly well marked. The Falls are dry, but still a great hike, even in the rain.

hiking
4 months ago

A great late summer hike. Trail is wet at places from the rains over the week but nothing too bad or uncrossable. Couple of fallen trees too but again - crossable. The last mile sees pretty much most of the elevation gain - but that view of the lake - so worth it.

hiking
4 months ago

This hike have great and amazing views of the lakes but it’s very rocky all the way up to Gem Lake. I do recommend to go early in the morning to get a good parking and also to avoid a lot of the day hikers. I started at 08:30am and there’s not many people at that time. Once I passed Snow Lake, I’ve only seen a few people on my way to Gem Lake. And most of them are coming back from camping. Once I got to Gem Lake, there’s only a few people there (I counted 5 to include myself). I stayed for half an hour and enjoyed the quietness of the nature. I completed the hike with a moving time right under 5 hours. I could’ve finish it earlier but there were a lot of people going the other direction :( So, yeah. My recommendations: Early start, good hiking shoes, and drinking water

Central Peak was a very disappointing ending. most of the Creeks are dried up but it's summer. Trail markers get worse the higher that you get some splits aren't marked at all.

This is one of my go to trail running spots. Most of the trail is runnable and the views along the way are amazing, however be super careful since in some spots the trail is very narrow so one wrong step and it will be your last. Most people turn around after reaching the Katwalk however if you keep going the lakes at the end are scenic and will tempt you to stay awhile. In fact the lakes are a fantastic place to camp. Since this is part of the PCT you won’t be alone, but it is not a crowded trail at all. Bring warm clothes because the area past the Katwalk tends to be pretty cold. I post photos of my hiking adventures on instagram under “adventuringKR”, including the ones from this hike.

This is a beautiful hike with great camping locations. So quiet, peaceful, and serene. Looking forward to our return to stay over night.

hiking
4 months ago

5 stars for beauty, but a lot of people. trail was very rocky so recommend thick sole boots not trail runners.

Pretty lake, trail is pretty rocky so good footwear is key

A variety of beautiful views to see.

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