Kendall Peak Lakes

Snoqualmie Pass, Washington

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The roar of the highway is unmistakable when starting up this track, but soon the beauty of the winter wilderness surrounding the trail makes everything else fade into the background. The dark green firs and hemlocks lining the ridge, the open, quilted meadows of snow, and the wide avenue of the trail make this a perfect destination for snowshoers. This trail leads to a pair of small alpine ponds nestled in a deep cirque on the flank of towering Kendall Peak (5675 ft). The mountain dominates the skyline from the lake's basin, as well as along the last mile of the trail leading into the basin. But Kendall isn't the only peak on the horizon. To the east is Alta Mountain and the long line of Rampart Ridge. To the south is the peak used as the Snoqualmie Summit Ski area - a low broad peak lined with the wide white slashes of alpine ski runs. Below the lakes, the broad meadows along the bottom of Gold Creek valley glimmer a brilliant white in the afternoon sun.
Snowshoe Routes: Washington

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Snowshoe Routes: Washington

by Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)

The roar of the highway is unmistakable when starting up this track, but soon the beauty of the winter wilderness surrounding the trail makes everything else fade into the background. The dark green firs and hemlocks lining the ridge, the open, quilted meadows of snow, and the wide avenue of the trail make this a perfect destination for snowshoers.

This trail leads to a pair of small alpine ponds nestled in a deep cirque on the flank of towering Kendall Peak (5675 ft). The mountain dominates the skyline from the lake's basin, as well as along the last mile of the trail leading into the basin. But Kendall isn't the only peak on the horizon. To the east is Alta Mountain and the long line of Rampart Ridge. To the south is the peak used as the Snoqualmie Summit Ski area - a low broad peak lined with the wide white slashes of alpine ski runs. Below the lakes, the broad meadows along the bottom of Gold Creek valley glimmer a brilliant white in the afternoon sun.

© 2015 Dan A. Nelson/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Snowshoeing
Nearby City: Snoqualmie Pass
Distance: 9
Elevation Gain: 1,700 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 7 hours
Season: January through early March
Local Contacts: Mount Baker—Snoqualmie National Forest, Snoqualmie Ranger District, North Bend Office
Local Maps: Green Trails: Snoqualmie Pass No. 207
Driving Directions: Directions to Kendall Peak Lakes

Recent Trail Reviews

2/16/2008
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Nice trail providing just the perfect amount of challenge. First you follow a road that climbs pretty steadily, then you head off road up a steep hill. It is a workout but the pretty alpine lakes are worth the effort. The trail is suitable for nearly anybody but if you're not in a reaonably good condition, be prepared to greatly slow down your pace since you'll be heading uphill the whole way. The surroundings are enjoyable and views very nice. The only annoyance is that it takes quite a while to escape the I-90 noise.


4/3/2006
0

This was a great snowshoe hike with lots of deep snow. It was quite steep at the end and provided lots of entertainment.



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