Alpine Scramble - Kaleetan Peak/South Route

Kaleetan Peak/S Route

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  • Strenuous 4, Technical 4
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 12.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,800 ft

6:30 AM at Issaquah Transit Center, NE corner inside the garage.

Kaleetan is located near Snoqualmie Pass and is a great scramble, but quite a bit of work in the spring time due to the large distance we will have to hike in the snow.

Students are welcome, but you must be in good shape.  Please don't make this you first trip of the season unless you have been hiking up Mt Si every week.

The only big route issue, is that after one mile, we have to cross Denny Creek.  In the summer you can step over it.  In the winter, there is often a snow bridge.  But in the spring the water can be plentiful.  There used to be a bridge, but it washed away a couple years ago.  THERE IS A GOOD CHANCE WE WILL HAVE TO WADE ACROSS THE CREEK.  Consequently, everybody must bring a pair of strap-on TEVA SANDALS.  Hopefully we won't need them, but if necessary we will take off our boots, put on the sandals and run the 15' across the creek.  I will bring a bike lock and we will secure all the shoes to a tree on the other side.

Below is the standard Mountaineers route description:


From the trailhead (2,280 ft) your first objective is Melakwa Lake (4,500 ft). On the way, you will pass Keekwulee Falls (in 2 miles), Snowshoe Falls (in 2.5 miles), and cross Hemlock Pass (in 3.6 miles). From the pass (4,600+ ft), the trail skirts across forest to the lake (4 miles from the car). Chair Peak will be due north of the lake. If you were to walk around the south side of the lake for a couple hundred yards you'd be able to see Kaleetan off to the NNW. From the outlet stream of the lake (a diminutive Pratt River), find a path leading up the ridge to the NNW to Pt. 5700. The path crests Pt. 5700 then continues along the far side for a spell until the ridge gets too craggy to stay on. At this point the path drops several hundred feet into the west-facing basin draining to tiny My Lake. The path crosses talus in the basin before climbing once again to the ridge. The last few hundred yards are back on the ridge until the final summit gully.


Kaleetan Peak/South Route

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Standard scrambling gear.
TEVA Sandals
No crampons or snowshoes.

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