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Climbing
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Alpine climbing NCCS rating
Class III
Elevation Gain
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Distance
9.00 mi (14.48 km)
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Kendall Peak is a beautiful hike that features gorgeous Cascade views just an hour from Seattle. There are four peaks that are all roughly about the same height. The highest of them all is the 5,784-foot northern peak, and the other summits rarely have visitors. The most common trail and boot path also leads you right up to the northern peak. The standard route can be accessed from the Pacific Crest Trail parking lot just past the Summit at Snoqualmie (West) ski resort.

Once you start on the trail, follow it through the start of the Commonwealth Basin for about 2 miles up to a junction. Stay right at the junction to go to Kendall Peak (going left will lead farther into the Commonwealth Basin bringing you to Red Mountain). The first switchback is in about a third of a mile. The trail will cross a small stream and begin to follow another about a mile beyond the first switchback.

The fourth and last junction occurs about 1.5 miles beyond the second switchback; pay close attention, because you will be looking for a stump at roughly 5,200 feet. It is very large and partially obstructed on the left side of the trail. Fifteen feet past this stump you should be able to find a faint climber's trail boot path leading straight uphill. Stay right to hug the tree line, and this will take you all the way to the summit, leading below and beneath all four summits and eventually to the Kendall Katwalk if you so desire. On the summit, take in the views of Thomson, Snoqualmie, Red, Chair Peak, Bryant, Guye Peak and much more.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

Washington Discovery Pass

Pros

Great views. Old-growth forest. Wildflowers.

Cons

Not a lot of views until the end of the hike.

Pets allowed

Yes

Trailhead Elevation

2,700.00 ft (822.96 m)

Net Elevation Gain

1,700.00 ft (518.16 m)

Address

SE Snoqualmie Pass Summit Rd
69805
North Bend, WA 98045
United States

Features

Rock climbing
Waterfalls
Bird watching
Wildlife
Big vistas
Old-growth forest
Wildflowers

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Washington
Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Washington
Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Washington

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