PCT 2004: Snoqualmie Pass To Gravel Lake

In 2004 Ford and I did an overnighter on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), heading North from Snoqualmie Pass to Ridge and Gravel Lakes. I had been to Kendall Katwalk in 2003, but had not gone beyond it.

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A few friends also joined us.

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On the way to Kendall Katwalk, Mt. Rainier rises high above the trees that block a view of Snoqualmie Pass.

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Looking down at Ridge Lake, heading North. The view in the distance was a siren call for me.

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Looking at Ridge Lake from the trail:

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We camped in the basin of Gravel Lake, which sits below the trail.

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Home sweet home. I loved that tiny REI tent I had then – I had found it for $7 new at a REI garage sale. At the time both Ford and I could fit in it, even though it was technically a one man tent.

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A cove on the lake, as the sun set.

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It was a wonderful lake to camp at.

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Ford was 6½ years old that trip and in First grade. As often, he was the only kid on the trip. Where I went, so did he.

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When he was little, he was a strong hiker though, and could do adult miles.

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Heading up out of the lakes, on the way home.

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Looking Southbound, with Mt. Rainier peeking above the ridge.

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The alpine gardens between the lakes and Kendall Katwalk.

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At the Northern end of the Kendall Katwalk.

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One last view across the peaks, as we dropped down, ready to head home.

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