Kendall Katwalk Loop via Pacific Crest Trail

2 reviews #22 hike out of 643 in
12.0 mi
5 hrs 38 min
2,550 ft
Elev Gain


A narrow ledge built into the hillside takes hikers on part of the J section of the Pacific Crest Trail, often said to be the most beautiful section of the Washington PCT. Get stellar views of surrounding mountains via old growth forest and talus slopes in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness area above Snoqualmie Pass.

Getting Started

Kendall Katwalk is easily accessed from Seattle via I-90, and the trailhead isn't far from the highway. Bring plenty of snacks and water, and check the weather before you depart.

Summer offers wildflowers and chances of better weather, but fall is a good time for autumn colors. Early or late in the season, watch your footing as snow can make the trail dangerous.

Get a great overview of Kendall Katwalk on King 5's article and video featuring the trail.

Want to extend the hike or make it an overnight? Continue on another 1.5 miles to Ridge Lake and Gravel Lake, or head up to Alaska Mountain.

As this is part of the PCT, dogs are allowed on-leash.

A Northwest Forest Pass is required to park, and be warned that the parking lot can get full with hikers in the summer, and snow sport enthusiasts in the winter.

Taking Children

This may not be the best choice of trails for younger children, as it's both strenuous and long with 2,700 feet of elevation gain. If you choose to take children, use extra caution along the Katwalk.

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