Kendall Katwalk Trail

HARD 152 reviews

Kendall Katwalk Trail is a 14.5 mile moderately 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
14.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3858 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

snow

Hike along the Pacific crest trail from I-90 to reach the Kendall katwalk, a rock path blasted out of the cliff face.

2 days ago

Incredibly mucky, slushy, snowy and a little icy. Those views made it worthwhile as it may have been my last chance at it for the year.

2 days ago

Fantastic hike. Make sure to wear study boots as there are many rocks to climb over.

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3 days ago

5 days ago

Last 1.5 miles is all snow! About 4-6 inches. Bring gloves. Really foggy up top.

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9 days ago

10 days ago

This is definitely the time to go. Trail is clear. Bring layers, it can get pretty cold and windy on the katwalk.

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30 days ago

This trail is part of the famous PCT , it was great hike and fantastic view . I have enjoyed the trail and I am considering doing it again.

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1 month ago

1 month ago

Most of the hike is through the woods but the few views you get are worth the whole hike. Enjoyed hiking it

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1 month ago

If you are bringing a dog you might want to bring hiking booties for them. The loose ruble rocks the last 3 miles are sharp.

You do hear noise from I-90 the first 2-3 miles.

The katwalk is not as steep or impressive as expected.

It is about 6 miles from the parking lot to the catwalk.

A forest service pass or an interagency national park pass is required. They do not accept the discover pass.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Guess I'll go for the minority opinion here - it's crowded, most of the trail has highway noise, & about 2/3rds of it is viewless woods... and for such a long trail, that kinda stinks. (Also, it's closer to 12 miles round-trip and 2600 ft gain to the "katwalk" itself; maybe 14.5 miles if you're going to the lakes).

Of course the mountain views are neat once you get there, but not uniquely or spectacularly so. It is an impressive engineering feat for sure. One of the best trails in the Snoqualmie Pass area? Sure. One of the best in Washington? It wouldn't rate for me.

There was a nice flowing stream about 1/3 or 1/2 way in where you can filter water from. Also, at around the last 1/3 of the hike you're on exposed rocky slopes and if it's hot like it has been this summer, this section is like an OVEN in the afternoon, despite being relatively higher up. Even peeps much fitter than me looked beaten down and were asking how far from the top they were.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

If you are a fit individual, this isn't too much more than a long (beautiful) walk in the woods. The "hard" rating must be due to the length only. The ascent/descent are very gradual making the elevation gain feel minimal. If you are up for a challenge, I HIGHLY suggest taking the unmarked trail (ascending) to Kendall Peak for 360 degree views of surrounding mountains. The summit trail can be found on the right-hand side a little after completing the last/small switchback at about 5248'.

If it's mid-to-late summer, or if you like cold water, bring something to swim in as the trail terminates at alpine lakes!