Kelly Borkhiking

Kendall Katwalk, WA

Kelly Borkhiking
Kendall Katwalk, WA

We're entering peak season for weekend overnights (cooler weather, no bugs, so many blueberries) so we we were hoping to do some backpacking this weekend, but got smoked out. We opted for a day trip (farther away from the fire zone) at Kendall Katwalk. We've actually done part of this hike before (for our first backcountry Christmas tree) but didn't go more than a mile or so in.

Things started off really foggy in the morning, but by the time we got up to the catwalk sections we were pleasantly surprised with blue skies and views. Blueberries are in full swing at the higher elevations, we must have stopped 5 or 6 times because we just couldn't help ourselves. Cary says these were some of the best blueberries he's ever had, and I would tend to agree. Maybe the intense flavor was from the hot summer they've endured?

Kendall Katwalk is part of the PCT close to Snoqualmie Pass (one of the last stretches, built in the 1970s), and a super underrated hike in my opinion. We passed a few trail runners, 3 or 4 other day hikers, and SOOO many through hikers. We're just guessing from pack size (and beard size) but there must have been 35-40ish long term hikers we saw throughout the day. It's so cool to think that many of these hikers have been on the trail for 5+ months, and were still so friendly, and so fast! Maybe after that long you've either given up or gotten really shape :)

This would be an amazing spot for an overnight, we ended up passing through the Katwalk and hiking up to Gravel and Ridge Lakes, and saw so many solid campsites right along the water there. We'll definitely have to come back for a night (or a week! if we wanted to do the whole stretch of PCT up to Stevens Pass).