Alpine Scramble - Kaleetan Peak/South Route

Kaleetan 6259

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  • Strenuous 4, Technical 4
  • Mileage: 12.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,800 ft
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We will start at the Denny Creek trail head, (I-90 exit 47) and hike up to Melakwa Lake following the trail until it is covered with snow at about 2500' at which time we generally will follow the same route. At Melakwa Lake there are two ways to the summit. If the avalanche conditions are stable, we head up toward Melakwa Pass, then when practically under the peak, we make a left turn, gain the ridge to the west then scramble north to the summit. If the avalanche conditions are a bit risky, we will scramble up the ridge NNW from the outlet of the lake and follow it the whole way. DIFFICULTY:
The total gain is about 4000’. The distance is about 10 miles. The rating for this trip is a 4-4, which means it will be significantly harder than the other trips listed for this same date. STUDENTS:
Scramble students are welcome on this trip, but it really is not a good choice for a first scramble. You must have completed the snow field trip in April and made it to the top of Cowboy mountain with a lot of energy left and wishing you could do the whole thing again. You need to be comfortable climbing up and down double black diamond snow slopes. Not sure? Call or email me and tell me about the most challenging hike or scramble you have been on within the last year. FOWL WEATHER BACKUP:
If the weather is really nasty, we might shorten the trip to Bryant Peak, which is just up and to the east of Melakwa Lake. Students would still get full credit for that. GEAR:
Ice Axe - Required.
Snowshoes – Not required.
Helmet - Required.
Crampons – Leave them at home.
Scramble harness - Not required
Nortwest Forest Pass - Required for each car at the trailhead
Preston Park and Ride. North side of I-90 at exit 22. Please be there at 6:30 AM.
Seattle area folks are encouraged to sign-up to carpool through the clubhouse website. Whether you carpool or not, everybody should meet in Preston, where we will consolidate the number of cars.
If you are running late, call me on my cell phone at 425-442-6411. ESTIMATED RETURN TIME:
My best guess is that the car to car hiking time will be 10 hours. That would put us back in home about 6:00 PM.

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