Saturday, August 9, 2014

Kendall Katwalk (and Beyond) – Hike


Left: View of the Kendal Katwalk, Looking North; Right: Hike KML Profile from Canon GPS Logger
 Hike KML Profile from Canon GPS Logger

Hike Notes

Length: 22.1 miles (according to Garmin HCX)
Duration: 10.5 hours (7:30 am – 6:00 pm)
Elevation Gain: 4,565 ft (total), 5,583 ft max elevation, starting @ 3,058 ft
Location: Snoqualmie Pass

For our fifth hike of the 2014 summer (and bringing us to 72.5 total miles this season), we decided to tackle the part of the Pacific Crest Trail that starts at Snoqualmie Pass and heads north over the Kendall Katwalk. WTA reports it as 11 miles roundtrip to the Katwalk. We decided to push on through since the scenery was so spectacular. We made it around Joe Lake to the Huckelberry-Chikamin saddle. There were parts of the trail after Kendall Katwalk that were outstanding in terms of wildflowers, in particular, as the trail passes above Lake Alaska and Joe Lake.

The only downside is of this hike is the first few miles where you don’t escape the roar of I-90.

As to the “katwalk” it isn’t all that scary. It’s a short stretch (200/300 feet?). It’s wide enough to let people pass. And, in my opinion, it was no worse than sections of the trail north of it.

Plants

Format: [Family] Genus species (Common Name). Links are to WTU Image Collection, which I found useful for identifying a couple of plants that stumped me here. My standbys for plant identification are given in the post Mount Rainier National Park, Summerland – Panhandle Gap Hike.

[Apiaceae] Lomatium sp.
[Asteraceae] Agoseris aurantiaca (Orange agoseris)
[Asteraceae] Arnica lanceolata (Clasping Arnica)
[Asteraceae] Artemisia campestris (Field Sagewort, Field Wormwood)
[Asteraceae] Artemisia ludoviciana (White Sagebrush, Gray Sagewort)
[Asteraceae] Hieracium aurantiacum (Orange Hawkweed, Devil’s Paintbrush)
[Asteraceae] Luina hypoleuca (Silverback Luina, Littleleaf Luina)
[Asteraceae] Rainiera stricta (Syn: Luina stricta) (False Silverback)
[Caprifoliaceae] Sambucus racemosa (Red Elderberry)
[Caryophyllaceae] Silene parryi (Parry’s Silene, Parry’s Catchfly)
[Crassulaceae] Sedum oreganum (Oregon Stonecrop)
[Ericaceae] Pterospera andromeda (Pinedrops)
[Ericaceae] Vaccinium membranaceum (Black Huckleberry)
[Orobanchaceae] Pedicularis ornithorhyncha (Bird’s Beak Lousewort)
[Orobanchaceae] Pedicularis contorta (Coiled Lousewort)
[Orobanchaceae] Pedicularis racemosa (Sickletop Louseword)
[Polygonaceae] Polygonum davisiae (Davis’ Knotweed) syn. Polygonum newberryi (Newberry’s Knotweed)
[Pteridaceae] Cryptogramma acrostichoides (American Parsley Fern)
[Rosaceae] Luetkea pectinata (Patridgefoot)
[Rosaceae] Sanguisorba stipulata (Canadian Burnet, Sitka Burnet)
[Saxifragaceae] Micranthes ferruginea (Rusty Saxifrage)

Rainiera stricta (Syn: Luina stricta) (False Silverback) plant (left) and flowers (right)
Rainiera stricta (Syn: Luina stricta) (False Silverback)Rainiera stricta (Syn: Luina stricta) (False Silverback)

Left and Center: Sanguisorba stipulata (Canadian Burnet, Sitka Burnet); Right: Pterospera andromeda (Pinedrops)
Sanguisorba stipulata (Canadian Burnet, Sitka Burnet)Sanguisorba stipulata (Canadian Burnet, Sitka Burnet)Pterospera andromeda (Pinedrops)

Left: Agoseris aurantiaca (Orange Agoseris); Right: Hieracium aurantiacum (Orange Hawkweed, Devil’s Paintbrush)
Agoseris aurantiaca (Orange Agoseris)Hieracium aurantiacum (Orange Hawkweed, Devil’s Paintbrush)

Left: Arnica lanceolata (Clasping Arnica); Right: Lomatium Flower Head with Fruits
Arnica lanceolata (Clasping Arnica)Lomatium Flower Head with Fruits

Artemisia ludoviciana (White Sagebrush, Gray Sagewort) flowers (left) and plant (right) Artemisia ludoviciana (White Sagebrush, Gray Sagewort)Artemisia ludoviciana (White Sagebrush, Gray Sagewort)

Left: Cryptogramma acrostichoides (American Parsley Fern); Right: Luetkea pectinata (Patridgefoot) along a talus
Cryptogramma acrostichoides (American Parsley Fern) Luetkea pectinata (Patridgefoot)

Left: Luina hypoleuca (Silverback Luina, Littleleaf Luina); Right: Luina with Paintbrush
 Luina hypoleuca (Silverback Luina, Littleleaf Luina)Luina with Paintbrush


Left: Pedicularis contorta (Coiled Lousewort); Right: Pedicularis ornithorhyncha (Bird’s Beak Lousewort)
Pedicularis contorta (Coiled Lousewort)Pedicularis ornithorhyncha (Bird’s Beak Lousewort)

Left: Polygonum davisiae (Davis’ Knotweed); Right: Vaccinium membranaceum (Black Huckleberry)
Polygonum davisiae (Davis’ Knotweed)Vaccinium membranaceum (Black Huckleberry)

Silene parryi (Parry’s Silene, Parry’s Catchfly) front view (left) and side view (right)
Silene parryi (Parry’s Silene, Parry’s Catchfly)Silene parryi (Parry’s Silene, Parry’s Catchfly)

Left: Sedum oreganum (Oregon Stonecrop); Right: Micranthes ferruginea (Rusty Saxifrage)
Sedum oreganum (Oregon Stonecrop)Micranthes ferruginea (Rusty Saxifrage)

Views of Alaska Lake
View of Alaska LakeView of Alaska Lake

Left: View from approximately the midpoint of Kendall Katwalk, looking north; Right: Mountains to the west from south end of the Katwalk including Red MountainView from approximately the midpoint of Kendall KatwalkMountains to the west from south end of the Katwalk including Red Mountain

Left: View from the Pacific Crest Trail near Joe Lake, looking toward Huckleberry Mountain (left in the photo) and Chikamin Peak; Right: View from Trail near Ridge Lake, looking north
View from the Pacific Crest Trail near Joe Lake, looking toward Huckleberry Mountain (left in the photo) and Chikamin PeakView from Trail near Ridge Lake, looking north

Left: View of the steep ridges of the Cascades; Right: View south from the Pacific Crest Trail toward Mount Rainier, with Tinkham Peak in mid-ground of photo
View of the steep ridges of the CascadesView south from the Pacific Crest Trail toward Mount Rainier

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