Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Hike-a-thon, Hiking, Running

Yeah I shake my little tush on the Katwalk

Ehrm, I seem to have stopped blogging. Let’s just pick up where we left off and pretend this hike didn’t take place two months ago.

To the PCT!


Kendall Katwalk is one of the most popular hikes by Snoqualmie Pass, but, even though we’ve hiked here for six years now, this was our first visit. True to form, we left late, something that usually pays off in golden afternoon light and glorious sunsets. This time we missed the morning sun and had to make do with limited views and cold fog instead.

Misty Red Mountain

We’ve turned into wimpy fair-weather hikers (aided by two excellent Seattle summers in a row), so this weather was unusual for us…but it was honestly really nice to hike without feeling like I was drowning in my own sweat.

Wellie looks for pikas

If definitely felt like fall, and the critters were prepping for the long winter to come. The pikas were frantically collecting impressive mouthfuls of noms to keep them going until summer, while the marmots were plumping up nicely for their upcoming snooze.

Prepping for winter

Man, you guys are awesome

A freezing fog rolled in just as we reached the impressively engineered Katwalk, so we just had a quick snack before running most of the way back down to the car (luckily I had brought headphones so I could get Right Said Fred out of my head). I’ll have to come back on a purtier day.

The infinite abyss

The great thing about having hiked 20 miles the weekend before? It made these 12 miles feel like nothing. W00t!

Yeah I shake my little tush on the Kendall Katwalk

Kendall Katwalk | 12 miles | 2700 feet elevation gain –

Big thanks to my Hike-a-Thon sponsors, Jessie…

Thanks, Jessie!

…and Gabi!

Thanks, Gabi!

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  • Reply Michelle October 23, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    What a sweeet looking hike! I really have to spend a few days hiking some North Cascade trails near Seattle sometime….I hope you’ve managed to get in some nice Fall hikes, albeit likely with some snow now!

  • Reply Mary October 23, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    Ah yes, the Katwalk, which we raced across on August 10th fearful of being struck by lightning. I *guess* it is nice. I wouldn’t know!

  • Reply Karen@ La Chanson de Ma Vie October 23, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    I love the critter pictures, pikas are my favorite! Even though you can’t see forever on cloudy days, I think they really add a cool dramatic quality to photos. And there’s no sunburn!

  • Reply Lisa October 24, 2013 at 7:15 am

    What an amazing looking trail! The picture where the fog is around the cliff on the narrow trail is terrifying!!

  • Reply jill i October 24, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Haven’t been to the Katwalk in YEARS! But been on my mind lately, so nice to see your shots and hear about it. A friend was up there yesterday but turned back about a mile short due to hard-packed snow on the trail. Next year! Hope you’re getting out and enjoying some of these spectacular October hiking days.

  • Reply Ingunn October 24, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Jill, I was supposed to be up above the clouds today, but I’m running too low on sleep – I’m stuck in the dense fog down here in the lowlands. Boo!

    • Reply Jean January 2, 2017 at 8:24 am

      hehe more leather trousers! Nice colour =) Are you a fan now?And that frog jug is so fugAn!ynain, really impressed by your sewing- the back design is really lovely, cool fabric! Love your earrings- they make me think of a beautiful antique indian gate! gorgeous outfit!

  • Reply Mary October 24, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    That pika is adorable!

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