Kendall Peak Lakes Snowshoe

Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Washington

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Kendall Peak Lakes Snowshoe

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  • Gearing up at the trailhead for the snowshoe into Kendall Peak Lakes.- Kendall Peak Lakes Snowshoe
  • Parking along the trail.- Kendall Peak Lakes Snowshoe
  • View from the trailhead.- Kendall Peak Lakes Snowshoe
  • The first part of the trail leads through the forest.- Kendall Peak Lakes Snowshoe
  • Views of the Summit at Snoqualmie.- Kendall Peak Lakes Snowshoe
  • Switchbacks begin as the route climbs up to the lakes.- Kendall Peak Lakes Snowshoe
  • The first of the Kendall Peak Lakes.- Kendall Peak Lakes Snowshoe
  • Hammocking at the second lake.- Kendall Peak Lakes Snowshoe
  • Summit at Snoqualmie Skiing Area from Kendall Peak Lakes.- Kendall Peak Lakes Snowshoe
  • Open snowfield en route to the Kendall Peak Lakes.- Kendall Peak Lakes Snowshoe
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Solitude near lakes. Great views. Lots of snow.
Cons: 
Busy at the trailhead. Exposed to the sun.
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Region:
Alpine Lakes Wilderness, WA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,700.00 ft (518.16 m)
Parking Pass: 
Sno-Park Parking Permit (required in OR + WA 11.01 thru 04.30)
Preferable Season(s):
Winter
Total Distance: 
8.50 mi (13.68 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
2,600.00 ft (792.48 m)
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Kendall Peak Lakes offers many great views of the surrounding landscape. On clear days you can see Kendall Peak, Summit at Snoqualmie, Granite Mountain, Rampart Ridge, and a few other peaks. The trees were cut a few years ago from logging, so the peaks are very easy to see along the way. There are many options to go off trail, but avalanche danger is higher in some of these areas. 

The trail begins near the Gold Creek Sno-Park, with parking along the side of the road. The trail starts on the left side of the Sno-Park and continues down a flat trail. After the first quarter mile the trail picks up and is a steady incline. At around 2 miles you'll leave the trees and can see views of the adjacent peaks. The rest of the way is exposed to the sun and open snowfields. Around 3.5 miles there will be a junction in the road, and you'll want to stick to the right.

The trail ends at the first lake, but you can venture around the lake and take a short walk through the trees to reach the second lake, which is much bigger. There is also the option for a third lake, but it's a steep climb with high avalanche danger.

Backcountry Safety

Winter backcountry adventures can be dangerous outdoor activities that pose significant risks as conditions affecting safety (i.e. weather, snowpack stability, avalanche hazard) are constantly changing. Prior to engaging in these activities each individual should get the proper training to make safe decisions and be equipped to use avalanche safety resources and tools. Please visit our Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Safety post to learn more.

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