Kendall Knob Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"The Kendall Knob provides multiple options for shorter tours and offers skiing on a variety of aspects. If you are learning to backcountry ski, this area is a great place to practice, but it also provides direct access if you are a more experienced skier looking for a short tour. Even though it ascends through the clear-cut that you can see from the Summit West Ski Area, this tour has a lot of tree skiing. As such, it offers the full spectrum of northwest backcountry travel: open slopes, beautiful second-growth tree skiing, and wiggling among tight trees. In addition to the Kendall Knob, the trees immediately to the north offer great storm skiing, and together both areas provide an excellent playground with less exposure to avalanche hazard and steep, open terrain.
Follow the general direction of the PCT, heading southeast. Resist the urge to start climbing uphill as you wind through the trees; if you start climbing too soon, you can end up in tight trees and tougher going. Finding the easiest way through the trees and up into the old clear-cut can be tricky since you are in thick timber. Remember that the PCT is sometimes well traveled in the winter, but it can be tough to follow when it is buried in snow; this tour is a great chance to practice with your map and compass or to test the new GPS app on your smartphone."