Snow scramble up the west face, glissade down
Hiked to Kendall Katwalk and Kendall Peak today. Both first time trips to Katwalk and this section of the PCT. Took the Commonwealth tail up and back. Beyond the initial flat gravel lines trail the trail climbs up roots and rocks for about 500 feet of gain. I found this on the way down to be the steepest section of the trail except for the Kendall Peak summit boot path. The trail is snow free to the Katwalk, except for two small, easily navigable snow patches. The PCT is an absolutely beautiful trail, especially above 5000 feet when it clears the trees and opens to a large talus field. The views are stunning. Guye Snoqualmie and Red are almost touchable. Distant peaks like Snow Mountain, Stuart delight as do Thompson, Alta, and all the others.
The path to the summit of Kendall Peak is similar to the steep section of Bandera. Rocky and loose dirt. It levels out towards the top as you head East to the summit. Spectacular views abound. Lots of wildflowers are blooming. Get out there!
Do yourself a favor and get into this basin and climb these peaks!
Fun scramble off the PCT near Snoqualmie Pass.
Cloud cover was heavy on the summit approach, which made navigation a challenge. But in the end we reached the summit and clouds finally started to break.
It was my first time on this peak, left after 2, and made to many mistakes in traversing over to Red. But, eventually made it.
A mixed snow and rock day. CWB/PCT up, PCT down.
First of many ascents.
Hazy day due to fires in the east. Good scramble on the ridge, glad we didn't go the shorter route up the slope.
Did this one with a couple of friends who I had never hiked with before. They mostly wanted to check out the Kendall Katwalk, but I talked them into hitting the summit too. We all enjoyed it. Beautiful area. The views of Thomson were mouth watering. It's now at the top of my list of peaks to climb! I have a feeling I'll be coming back here on more than one occasion.
Went back a second time in October for a sunrise hike and saw my first Brocken specter and some phenomenal views. Trip report here.
Gimpilator and I climbed this peak on the way to Mount Thomson.
I realize this is my third time doing Kendall in combination with another peak. The trail runs so close to the summit, it's worth the extra effort to do it again.
autunm colors were killer. was also atop the south summit on 10/12/09...pretty crazy.
A fun trip. My friend and I started out at 9:00 A.M. and headed up the PCT from Snoqualmie Pass. We went to the end of the Kendall Katwalk for the view and then headed back to the White stump and cut on up the hill to the peak. Once on the slope the trail is evident and if you are looking for it, you can actually see it climbing the hill up the the peak. Great trip with great views (Rainier was looming in the distance).
with my brother.
Kendall is a great peak just off the PCT. Awesome views of the area and I hadn't realized that I could see the summit from the PCT.
Bryan and I had another two for one day starting with Kendall Peak and then moving on to nearby Alaska Mountain. I got to enjoy the summit this time since all the flying ants have now frozen to death.
A film by Bryan:
Just another summit in the clouds.
Nice walk on the PCT, then a quick scramble up to the top. Great views.
It was my first time on these peaks and I didn't do much research so route finding was a bit of a trick. Special thanks to my friend Alexei for his last minute descriptions of the Kendall route and shortcut. I only spent a few seconds on the summit because it was swarming with flying ants and they did not like me being there. It wasn't originally part of my plan but I jogged back down to the junction so I would have time for neighboring Red Mountain.