Gradual Uphill Hike Through an Evergreen Forest

Peak Summited2020 Kendrick Peak
Type of HikeDay hike
TrailheadForest Service parking lot at the end of FS Road 190
EncounteredWildflowers blooming, Fall foliage
Hiking CompanionsHiked with a partner
Road ConditionsRoad rough but passable
Bug StatusNo bugs
Snow ConditionsSnow free
Trail ConditionsMinor obstacles posing few problems

This is the second time I've done Kendrick Mountain. The first time was in 2006, and either I don't remember it properly or it's changed a bit. My recollection was that it was quite open and wide all of the way, but it now seems somewhat overgrown in areas. Perhaps it's not getting as much traffic now compared to 16 years ago. Yet, it's just as much of a terrific trail now as I remember it. The sky was overcast and it drizzled intermittently for much of the way. The first mile takes you gradually uphill for about a mile until you break out of the pine forest. Then switchback up the side of a cinder cone for another mile to a minor saddle between the main peak and the cinder cone. Side step small boulders and/or vegetation and brush for another mile or so until you begin a long switchback to the secondary peak saddle. Then switchback to the main peak summit ridge at about the 4 mile marker. Pick your way up the steep ridge for the last 0.3 mile to the lookout. You'll find a helicopter pad just beyond the where you can relax and even get horizontal as you enjoy your lunch break. Keep an eye on the clouds up there, as it can rain and lightning without warning. If you see inclement weather approaching, you'll want to get down ASAP as traversing some parts of the trail in the rain will be like fording a stream (along with potential rock and boulder fall). All Trails says that the lookout and cabin have been closed since May 2020 due to COVID. The rest room at the trail head is also closed. Mighty fine adventure!

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