Kendall Peak Lakes
ElevationAscent: 1,871' 570 m
Descent: -1,871' -570 m
High: 4,466' 1,361 m
Low: 2,600' 793 m
GradeAvg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 39% (21°)
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“A nice and steady trail along an old logging road with great views of the Cascades and Mt Rainier as a payoff.”— Jessie Morris
Family Friendly With low grades, the route along an old logging road, there is plenty of space to test out footwear and you can turn back whenever you'd like. Good sledding near the parking and trailhead in winter!
There are porta potties available at the trailhead in variable conditions.
Please pick up after your dogs - leaving a plastic bag on the trail for everyone to see unfortunately doesn't cut it. We saw far too much of this on our nice day out.
This route is very easy to follow - just stay on the old logging road all the way up, following switchbacks. If you're out with family or want to cut the distance down, there are incredible views about 2-3 miles up that make for a great turnaround point, or a good place to stop for snacks. Past that, the elevation continues to climb steadily and peaks out at about a 2,000 foot elevation gain from the trailhead (at about 4,500 ft elevation).
Near the top, Kendall Peak Lakes are visible if you look northwest-ish from the last fork in the bend before you start turning to the right southbound, about a quarter of a mile from the turnaround point. If you make it to the top where this route ends, there are incredible views of the Cascade Mountains, and looking south you can see Mt. Rainier on a clear day. These views are arguably better than the lakes.
For our outing, snowshoeing on a packed trail, in average condition, we completed this route in a little under 4 hours - that included stopping for lots of photos, snacks at the top and a pretty quick pace downhill. In the summer months, this time will certainly vary.
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Local Club: Washington Trails Association - WTA
Jul 19, 2019: Windy Trail
Jul 19, 2019: Clear Fork Trail
Land Manager: Washington State Parks - Olallie State Park