Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Kendall Peak Lakes

Updated 12-16-2015

This a good ski trip but the lower portion can tend to be hard packed snow and ice. Once at 3500 feet there is 5 inches on soft snow off the ski tracks, thus good skiing to the lower lake. However yesterday the group I was with were snowshoeing.  Stopping at the lower lake is  good plan as route to the upper lake is steep and avalanche prone. There was about 30 to 40 inches at the lower lake.Good snow as temperatures have remained below freezing.

View on the way up looking towards the south
Break below the lower lake
Clouds rolling in and some light afternoon snow

Driving directions: From Seattle take Interstate 90 over Snoqualmie Pass to exit 54. Exit I-90, turn left, and cross under the freeway to reach the Gold Creek Sno-Park.

Trail Stats: 9 miles roundtrip and 1700 foot gain.  Click here for Randy Oakley's route . Click here for description from Dan Nelson's book: "Snowshoe Routes Washington."

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