Kendall Katwalk

North Bend, Washington

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The Katwalk offers a remarkable hiking experience—striding on a narrow shelf hundreds of feet in the air. The trail, blasted into the cliff face by dynamite crews hanging suspended from ropes, is perfectly safe once the winter’s snow has completely melted off. If snow lingers, don’t attempt to cross—it’s not the place to slip and fall. There is, of course, more to this hike than the just the Katwalk. The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) climbs from Snoqualmie Pass through old-growth forests, dances through a log-littered avalanche slope (a perfect place to see just how powerful an avalanche can be), and traverses broad, steep-sloped wildflower meadows. The forest thins as the trail gains elevation, and at about 3.5 miles into the hike the forest starts to break up as small clearings and meadows appear. Soon, the trail angles across the open meadows below Kendall Ridge. Red Mountain fills the skyline ahead while wildflowers color the ground around your feet.
Day Hiking: Snoqualmie Region

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Day Hiking: Snoqualmie Region

by Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)

The Katwalk offers a remarkable hiking experience—striding on a narrow shelf hundreds of feet in the air. The trail, blasted into the cliff face by dynamite crews hanging suspended from ropes, is perfectly safe once the winter’s snow has completely melted off. If snow lingers, don’t attempt to cross—it’s not the place to slip and fall. There is, of course, more to this hike than the just the Katwalk. The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) climbs from Snoqualmie Pass through old-growth forests, dances through a log-littered avalanche slope (a perfect place to see just how powerful an avalanche can be), and traverses broad, steep-sloped wildflower meadows.

The forest thins as the trail gains elevation, and at about 3.5 miles into the hike the forest starts to break up as small clearings and meadows appear. Soon, the trail angles across the open meadows below Kendall Ridge. Red Mountain fills the skyline ahead while wildflowers color the ground around your feet.

© 2014 Dan A. Nelson/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Birding, Hiking
Nearby City: North Bend
Distance: 11
Elevation Gain: 2,700 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Best Times: July–Oct
Features: Wildflowers
Local Contacts: Mount Baker–Snoqualmie National Forest, Snoqualmie Ranger District, North Bend office
Local Maps: Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass Gateway No. 207S
Driving Directions: Directions to Kendall Katwalk

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