Kendall Peak Lakes Trail

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Kendall Peak Lakes Trail is a 7.7 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
7.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,024 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

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snow

Easy grade snowshoe to the lakes. The trail is wide and well marked. You need a Snowpark Pass to park at the trailhead which can be purchased at the ranger station at Snoqualmi Summit.

hiking
21 days ago

The trail is is an old logging road. It's pleasant, with a comfortable, constant grade. It's overgrown in place, but there path is always clear. Toward the end, watch for orange ribbons to leave the road and take a narrow path to the first lake, then there second lake. We didn't go to the third lake. Nice views of Snoqualmie Pass and a quick sighting of Mt Rainier. The 1st lake is small, shallow but photogenic. There 2nd lake is bigger and very inviting.

snowshoeing
5 months ago

Gorgeous view if you can make it to the top. Although without the GPS of AllTrails the trail can be a bit deceiving the last few miles. Wet snow first 2 miles and after you are rewarded with a winter wonderland scenery. Be aware of possible avalanche area that is close to the edge.

snowshoeing
6 months ago

Nice sunny day off work so I took advantage of the opportunity. I tried twice back in Nov of 2017 to get up to the lakes but there was too much deep snow. Today was a different story. Arrived at the trailhead at 0700, strapped on the snowshoes, and took off. It was 18 degrees out and calm. The trail has about a 4-5 foot of packed down snow. We used snowshoes all the way up to the lakes but really didn't need to. From lake #2 to #3 it's very steep and the traction from the snowshoes was helpful. We took them off at lake #3 and walked down slowly kicking in steps and that worked out much better. In these conditions a pair of Kathoola microspikes or K10 crampons would of worked better and been much lighter. But it's your call. It took us 2:40 to get from trailhead to lake #3 due to the good snow for travel.

hiking
6 months ago

I gave this hike five start for two reasons. One is the variety as it can be a beginner of an advanced snow shoe. If you dont make the third lake you can take away two stars. The third lake is basically a straight up journey for those who are advanced and and comfortable being in sketchy and steep terrain in the snow. We hit the hike on a cloudy day and Kendall Peak was visible at the third lake just below the cloud cover. The second lake is much easier to reach and where most should turn around.

snowshoeing
6 months ago

Nice to be in the snow out of the rain today. Great trail for a beginner, immediate or advanced. Can make this trail as long or as short as you want. Snowshoes not needed but snow was coming down hard so used the as we got further in. Always beautiful in he Mountains. Lots of well behaved pups of leash ( : including mine.

hiking
7 months ago

Hiked this yesterday. Snow was perfect. No need for snowshoes.

snowshoeing
8 months ago

Crunchy for the first mile, really peaceful at the top. Great snowshoe

hiking
10 months 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
11 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
Sunday, August 06, 2017

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

hiking
Sunday, July 23, 2017

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.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

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

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
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"

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