Distance

9.2 Miles

Elevation Gain

2800 Feet

Activities

Fitness, Photography, Running, Hiking

Skill

Beginner

Season

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Type

Out-and-Back

Added by

Rachel Davidson

Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Food Nearby
Forest
Groups
Romantic
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

Demanding hike with a class 3-4 scramble that offers superb views of the entire Snoqualmie Pass and Commonwealth Basin areas.

Kendall Peak is an easily accessible summit hike just off of Exit 52 of I-90 that offers spectacular 360-degree views of the entire Snoqualmie range. You’ll start out in the PCT parking lot where you’ll need a NW Forest Pass to park, or pay the daily fee. A permanent bathroom and backcountry access permits are available here, too.

There are two trail options to reach the upper portion of the PCT, which will lead you to a few summit route options.

The first way to ascend is via the Commonwealth Basin Trail. Start out on the PCT for only a couple hundred feet before reaching an unmaintained and overgrown trail on your left, the Commonwealth Creek Trail. Follow this narrow and bushy path over mixed rocks and dirt, where you’ll cross the Commonwealth Creek twice before taking a right on the official Commonwealth Basin Trail. In just a few hundred feet you’ll rejoin the PCT by taking a sharp left and following the switchbacks up to your summit route options. This map should help.

The second, easier, yet longer option is via the Pacific Crest Trail. Follow the PCT out of the parking lot for two miles before turning right to go uphill and start gaining the switchbacks that lead you up to Kendall.

Once on the switchbacks of the PCT, you’ll find a moderately trafficked bootpath that will let you walk on up to the summit ridge. Alternatively, you can continue to follow the trail all the way to the east side of the ridge, where you reach a pass, and where you will gain the ridge and embark on a class 3-4 scramble up to the summit. Watch out for loose rock on this route.

Had you continued past the pass on the PCT, you would have reached the Kendall Katwalk – a great extension to this hike. Looking south of the summit ridge, you’ll be able to see the two alpine Kendall Peak Lakes. Enjoy the panoramic Cascade views at the summit and be sure to watch each step on your way down!

Photo credit: Gabe O'Leary.

Community Photos

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations.

Nearby Lodging

From $400/night

LOGE at The Pass Life

Snoqualmie Pass, Washington

From $55/night

LOGE Leavenworth

Leavenworth, Washington

Reviews

Leave a Review

Overall rating: 

Awesome low key hike

While this area does get crowded on the weekend it is one of my favorite spots to go before or after work on a week day. The trail head is just off the highway (read easily accessible) and it's a manageable distance for a quick jaunt (if you move fast). The views are awesome, and the trail is well maintained, although I usually take the shortcut on the Commonwealth Basin trail. Best to have a GPS (app) if you take this route. I also highly recommend the Scramble route to the summit that is accessed by continuing to follow the PCT past the (boring) bootpath to the summit. I would say it goes at class 3 maybe 4 if you choose the more interesting variations and try to stay on the ridge the whole time(if it gets too difficult on the ridge just move to one side or the other to easier terrain until you can regain the ridge). Pretty solid rock and not that spicy.

Distance

9.2 Miles

Elevation Gain

2800 Feet

Activities

Fitness, Photography, Running, Hiking

Skill

Beginner

Season

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Type

Out-and-Back

Added by

Rachel Davidson

Nearby Adventures

Adventure

Climb Mount Thomson

Adventure

Scramble Guye Peak

Adventure

Hike to Gravel Lake

Adventure

Ski Tour or Snowshoe Kendall Knob

More Nearby Adventures

Tours

More Tours

Related Stories

gear

Why We Love Dakine Surf Bags

There are a lot of great surf bags out there, but Dakine never seems to disappoint us.

destinations

Watch Amazing Footage of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

See how the Hawaiian Islands were formed in real-time.

travel

Your Alaskan Wildlife Basecamp: Stay at Glacier Bay Lodge

Explore pure wilderness by day, sleep in comfort by night.

destinations

20 Stunning Hikes in the Swiss Alps

Mountains don't get much better than this.

More Stories