October. Beautiful Indian Summer hike to a popular location on the PCT north of Snoqualmie Pass.
Participants include Nicole Hansen (leader), Rachel Ayers, Donald A. Guidon, John Kris Hedelund, Bobby Joe Lolley, Michiko Mcandrew, Jane Warren and Kenneth Willis.
- Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass No. 207
- Day Hiking: Snoqualmie Pass, by Nelson & Bauer, Kendall Katwalk
The Katwalk offers a remarkable hiking experience–striding on a narrow shelf hundreds of feet in the air. The trail, blasted into the cliff face by dynamite crews hanging suspended from ropes, is perfectly safe once the winter’s snow has completely melted off. If snow lingers, don’t attempt to cross–it’s not the place to slip and fall. There is, of course, more to this hike than the just the Katwalk. The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) climbs from Snoqualmie Pass through old-growth forests, dances through a log-littered avalanche slope (a perfect place to see just how powerful an avalanche can be), and traverses broad, steep-sloped wildflower meadows.
From Seattle drive I-90 to exit 52 (signed for Snoqualmie Pass west). At the bottom of the exit ramp, turn left (north) and cross under the freeway. In about 100 yards, turn right onto a dirt road leading into the PCT trailhead. Trailhead GPS coordinates (47.4287,-121.4134)
12.59 miles, 3258 ft. gain, 7 hrs 11 min.