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.
A few friends also joined us.
On the way to Kendall Katwalk, Mt. Rainier rises high above the trees that block a view of Snoqualmie Pass.
Looking down at Ridge Lake, heading North. The view in the distance was a siren call for me.
Looking at Ridge Lake from the trail:
We camped in the basin of Gravel Lake, which sits below the trail.
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.
A cove on the lake, as the sun set.
It was a wonderful lake to camp at.
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.
When he was little, he was a strong hiker though, and could do adult miles.
Heading up out of the lakes, on the way home.
Looking Southbound, with Mt. Rainier peeking above the ridge.
The alpine gardens between the lakes and Kendall Katwalk.
At the Northern end of the Kendall Katwalk.
One last view across the peaks, as we dropped down, ready to head home.