Kendall Katwalk Trail [CLOSED] is a 14.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Snoqualmie Pass, Washington that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 14.1 miles Elevation Gain: 3,205 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

snowshoeing

bird watching

running

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

rocky

snow

closed

This trail is experiencing full or partial closure due to COVID-19. Please see the open trails nearby for alternate hiking options. Hike along the Pacific crest trail from I-90 to reach the Kendall katwalk, a rock path blasted out of the cliff face.

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blowdown
muddy
snow
4 days ago

hiking
snow
2 months ago

Fun walk. Only time snowshoes very helpful was when we got totally off track (and even then the folks behind us were just wearing microspikes). Once back on trail we did the rest in yak tracks, until we lost previous footprints and turned around.

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snow
3 months ago

lost trail and to much snow

hiking
3 months ago

could not finish, too much snow

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blowdown
snow
5 months ago

Did about 4 miles as an out and back for Christmas day. Packed snow probably more suitable for spikes. Add a FRESH 5 ft in circumference fir across the path about a mile in, and 6 rocky streams to cross. Good work out for a few miles!

hiking
5 months ago

Unable to complete due to multiple misleading paths through deep snow not found on maps Nice falls and mountain views for a clearers day Will return when the snows aren’t as deep at 4500 foot elevation

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snow
5 months ago

lots of snow but overall it was a great hike! it wasn't super busy, I assume because the weather.

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icy
snow
6 months ago

We got to the driveway up to the parking lot, but we were in a civic so we couldn’t get up to the lot. If you don’t have 4 wheel drive, you can just park off to the side. The trail was snow-covered from start to finish, including patches of ice, and the epic icy waterfall crossing :) A couple of feet of snow along the ridge once you get about a mile or so from the end of the trail. Strongly recommend micro-spikes and gaiters if you’re planning on going that far. Overall, I would do it again! Beautiful and worth every minute.

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icy
snow
6 months ago

Got to the trailhead at 7am (sunrise) and was the second car in the lot. It was overcast but fairly clear. As the day went on the clouds lowered and by early afternoon you couldn't see more than about 500 yards (lower elevations were a bit better). The trail was snow-free until about 1/2 mile before the catwalk, which had about 2 inches of snow on it. Microspikes were very handy for the last bit. There were also patches of ice on the trail in places, with one nasty waterfall trail crossing where you could either walk in the water or walk on the icy rocks. Trail is in good shape. I took the standard trail on the way up, and tried the Commonwealth Basin trail on the way back. It has some steep sections, lots of water on the trail and is very rooty and rocky. If I did it again I would have just used the normal trail. Even though the normal trail is longer, it's much faster.

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muddy
rocky
snow
6 months ago

Snowy once you get up a bit in elevation. No spikes necessary. Trail is packed down. Beautiful hike! The views are phenomenal. For a decent weather day on a weekend there were less people than I expected.

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icy
7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Water crossing is too icy without microspikes

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snow
7 months ago

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muddy
snow
7 months ago

Great Trail. Solid 14 miles and there is plenty of rocks, streams and snow to keep you busy. Snow high spots are about 3 feet deep, and slushy in spots. I recommend bringing your micro spikes for the slushy snow areas. Beautiful at the Katwalk. Trail was a little challenging to follow at times but that was my fault.

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muddy
7 months ago

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snow
7 months ago

Today I discovered what it’s like to do a snowshoe without snowshoes... This last week dumped a couple feet of snow. Some parts of the trail the snow is at least waist-deep. The first half is all slush and mud. Then in the second half the trail through the snow should be pretty cleared out, until more snow falls. Very cloudy. Didn’t see much.

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no shade
rocky
7 months ago

Great stretch of the PCT. There’s quite a bit of gain and you can hear the sounds of the freeway for the first few miles, but once you get away from the road and cross the katwalk, it’s magical.

hiking
7 months ago

Gorgeous hike though at least half is forested before the real views. Trails are snowy/icy but made it with just hiking boots. Took 3.5 hrs to get to the lakes, and 2hr45 to get back via the commonwealth trail. Highly recommend taking the commonwealth trail back as it is shorter, more wild/less trafficked, and follows a beautiful creek that you otherwise wouldn’t see. It is much steeper though, and might be harder on the knees for some.

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muddy
snow
7 months ago

Didn't make it all the way up today, plenty of icy slick spots right more after your about a mile into the trail.

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7 months ago

Beautiful well maintained trail with amazing views along the way. Incline is very gradual but very long trail which I think is the only reason this is marked "hard". Saw hikers of all ages on this trail including kids and plenty of trail runners. About halfway through you'll hit some snow on the trail. Spikes and/poles would help if you're not comfortable hiking on snow/ice (we had them but opted to not put them on and it was fine). Wear layers as it gets chilly towards the catwalk and breezy. The catwalk is amazing but not as narrow as we thought (not a bad thing though! haha). Beautiful time of year to go with the changing colors and snow!

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