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Alpine Scramble - Kaleetan & Roosevelt

Kaleetan & Roosevelt

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7:00 AM at Denny Creek TH
Roosevelt-Kaleetan In-A-Day! This is a fun way to knock off two classic peaks in the Snoqualmie Pass area by doing a loop trip from the Alpental/Snow Lake TH up around Snow Lake to Gem Lake, running a ridge to Roosevelt, dropping down around Little Chair Peak Lake, ascending the north side of Melakwa Pass, cutting across to the White Ledges approach to Kaleetan, then descending to Melawa Lakes and out via the Melakwa/Denny Creek Trail. This need not take a lot more time (and in some ways is less tedious/repetitive) than tackling Kaleetan directly from the Denny Creek TH. A car shuttle is, of course, required. We'll need to drop at least one car at the Denny Creek TH parking lot (pass required). The other cars will park at Alpental/Snow Creek TH (pass required). When we come out at Denny Creek, the drivers will get ferried up to Alpental to retrieve their cars, then return by Denny Creek to pick up their riders and head on west to Seattle. This will take some coordination in the days leading up to the trip, but is well worth it. This trip is NOT worth doing if the weather does not look promising. If you enjoy hiking in the rain and clouds, you may wish to have a backup plan in mind if the weather does not look promising a couple of days out. Obviously, we will need to move along at a steady -- though not killer! -- pace. The party member must therefore be in decent condition for this rarely-offered, one-day, two-T5 peak affair, as well as be confident and safe on challenging scramble rock with some exposure and a fair amount of loose scree in and around Kaleetan. Rock helmets and descent gear mandatory. Ice axes should be brought to trailhead. It would be nice if one or two people brought water filter/pumps...
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