Kendall Peak Lakes Trail

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Kendall Peak Lakes Trail is a 7.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Snoqualmie Pass, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from February until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2145 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowboarding

snowshoeing

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

Easy grade snowshoe to the lakes. The trail is wide and well marked.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail has two tiny parking lots. The first one is just off the freeway next to a creek. The second one is another 1/4 mike up the forest service road at the concrete barriers that block vehicles from traveling up the rest of the trail—it is even smaller than the first lot, but probably a better parking space. However, don’t leave any valuables in your car in either place.

We hiked up to the second lake but not the third. There is good cell phone and data reception throughout the entire route, but also you will hear I-90 traffic until you nearly reach the first lake. At least 80% of the trail is on an old, disused logging road, so it is an easy walk and perfect for dogs.

On a beautiful late September Sunday we saw only four people and four dogs in our five hours on this trail. The first two lakes are incredibly quiet and beautiful, but we didn’t reach the third one as it was late in the day and the third lake appears to require a significantly steep climb. If you go, the first 10% of the trail has some trash, so try to be a good neighbor and take some out with you (we did). There are a couple good overnight camping spots with at least one fire pit between the first and second lakes (check for a burn ban and firewood gathering rules before using). All in all, the payoff of this hike is excellent although the way up isn’t as spectacular as others (like Snow Lake).

There are a couple forks higher up in the road-trail that could be confusing, so I recommend using the AllTrails app to overlay your GPS location on the map to make sure you don’t go the wrong way.

hiking
2 months ago

The parking area is very small; trail is an old forestry road with different stages of regrowth for 80% of the way. Nice trail, easy to manage, but no markings or signs. The first lake is more of a pond, a bit muddy walking around. Lovely wildflower meadow between the first and second lake; second lake was really nice with some camping spots around. I couldn't find the trail to the third lake, didn't have the energy to scramble. Cell service the whole way which was nice to follow the previous maps. My tracker had me at 9 miles out and back. Very few people would definitely do again to reach the third lake.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Great little day hike. Saw ONE PERSON all day. Couldn't have been better.

hiking
3 months ago

Definitely worth the extra drive east, hardly any people, you get up to 3 lakes with this hike, each one better than the previous, overall hike was decent , basically following an old logging road til the top, but then the adventure starts. Would recommend if tired of all the people west of the summit.

hiking
4 months ago

5 months ago

Do you know if there is still snow on that trail?

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hiking
Wednesday, July 13, 2016

hiking
Monday, May 02, 2016

snowshoeing
Wednesday, February 24, 2016

snowshoeing
Monday, January 04, 2016

snowshoeing
Sunday, January 11, 2015

Easy snowshoe up a gentle road great for a beginner.
Snow well packed (on road) and lakes frozen
visited lower and Mid lakes but didn't do the lookouts as poor visibility on this visit

snowshoeing
Saturday, January 05, 2013

snowshoeing
Sunday, March 11, 2012

Easy snowshoe trail, I don't know why this is marked as hard, the grade is so easy.

snowshoeing
Tuesday, December 07, 2010

When we started out the trail in the snow was pristine. It was a winter wonderland! We hiked between tall trees that where snow covered making some magical creatures.

hiking
Thursday, November 11, 2010

This 2700' Elv. gain didn't seem like it at all...it was moderate all the way through. When we got closer to the top, about the last 1mile or so we came into some snow which I found to be fun to trek thru...once around the back side of the mountain....what a wonderful view into the valley below. We didn't make it out onto the "catwalk" becasue of the snow...I look forward to this hike again in late summer so that I for sure get out on the "catwalk"