Kickin’ It Into Overdrive Up Kendall

First Time TNABer on Kendal

magnum photo used with permission, please respect all copyrights ~ Torch Team, next generation ;^)

Thanks to the Pre-NABers and Dog Wranglers for being considerate of the rules & regulations of the mountains as our adventures extend into the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Areas. TNAB and trail etiquette go hand in hand, we appreciate everyone’s cooperation. Thank goodness there is no speed limit out there!

Trip report, comments & additional pictures on ~ special thanks to Yukon222 for this week’s write-up

Kendall Peak Information:


Our intended route via Commonwealth Creek – red track on the map.  Green line is the main (much longer) route via the PCT. Park at the main trail head and head up the PCT trail for 50′ or so.  Look for unofficial boot path off to your left through brush.  Expect 1 or 2 creek crossings farther in before rejoining the PCT trail halfway up the mountain.  Just past the set of switchbacks around 5300′, leave the trail and climb steep grassy slope to the ridge line a 100 yards left/north of the summit.  Simple ridge walk over to the summit.

Distance & Elevation:  9.2 miles round trip and 3050′ gain

NOAA Weather: click here

Driving Directions:

NW Forest Pass required to park


We’ll be taking off from the main PCT trailhead at Snoq Pass where you take the Alpental exit but then turn right on the small forest road near the highway, before you start heading very far towards Alpental. Park at the lower area with the clearly signed trail head.

2008 Kendall Peak TR: click here


2 Responses to “Kickin’ It Into Overdrive Up Kendall”

  1. Malachai says on :

    Note: there are scattered thunderstorms predicted to tonight. It would be wise to not ascend to the summit if there are dark clouds nearby especially if you hear thunder. If you hear a buzzing sound (other than flies) or see St. Elmos fire descend immediately.

  2. ewb says on :

    That’s a great picture, Magnum must be really proud! 🙂

    Btw, new Tom, who joined last week and summited with Seattlehikertoo & brother Scott, was also in attendance last night; however, he was with a friend from work and I believe they skipped the last piece to the summit, perhaps skipping ahead to the Katwalk and returning early.