2018/6/6 – Kendall Peak / 肯多峯

Summit block
Summit block

Photos from this trip can be found here.

For some reason my friend and I never summited this peak nine years ago despite being only a couple hundred feet shy of the top. While going through my “unfinished business” list, I realized I had forgotten all about the peak. What black pup and I didn’t get to finish back then, yellow pup and I got to finish today.

Taking advantage of the beautiful midweek weather and avoiding weekend crowds, we left for Snoqualmie Pass in late morning. Two cars parked in the empty lot when we arrived. I thought more people would play hooky to be out and about in the sun.

Pacific Crest Trail
Pacific Crest Trail

Photos from this trip can be found here.

To avoid long switchbacks in the lower portions of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), we took the Commonwealth Basin Trail on the way in. Still plenty of snow left in the forested basin, but mostly firm so snowshoes weren’t needed. But I had packed them just in case.

We got on the PCT just before the trail junction and followed it to the snowy open meadow at 4,200′. Lots of scattered boot tracks, but none looked to be headed toward the summer trail. Scrambling east and staying close to the stream that flowed into the meadow, we got back onto the PCT at 4,800′ and headed north.

Big Snow Mountain and Kendall Katwalk Peak
Big Snow Mountain and Kendall Katwalk Peak

Photos from this trip can be found here.

Parts of the talused trail were still visible right up to the 5,200′ switchback. Snow became slushy at that point, so I put on snowshoes and scrambled northeast toward Kendall Peak’s north ridge. Snow dwindled at 5,500′ where we located a climbers trail and followed it all the way to the summit.

Another vantage high point in the Snoqualmie Pass area with excellent views! Alta, Red, Lundin, Snoqualmie, Chair, Roosevelt, Denny, etc. A great perspective to view the beautiful Keechelus Lake as well. Judging by the summit register entries, this summit gets plenty of visitors in the summer months.

Keechelus Lake
Keechelus Lake

Photos from this trip can be found here.

Yet another beautiful day in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness!

Access: Pacific Crest Trailhead > Commonwealth Basin Trail (#1033)
Gear: helmet, snowshoes

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