Mount Roosevelt & Kaleetan Peak


Alpine Scramble - Mount Roosevelt & Kaleetan Peak

This is a view-full loop trip which nabs two close-in, spending, challenging peaks near Snoqualmie Pass on one loop trip which also takes in five lakes and several different drainages.

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  • Sun, Sep 4, 2016
  • Seattle Alpine Scrambling
  • Scrambling
  • Singles, 20-30 Somethings, Adults
  • Strenuous 4, Technical 5
  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)
  • Mileage: 14.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,500 ft

At 6:45 am: at least a couple of vehicles and drivers will need to meet at the Denny Creek/Melakwa Lakes TH (NOT the Denny Creek campground, which you will reach first) off I-90 a few miles this side of the Pass, in order to drop at least one shuttle vehicle.

At 7:00 am: All vehicles will meet at the Alpental/Snow Lake TH (toward the end of the Alpental access road, take the West Pass exit, go left under the freeway, continue north on the Alpental Road to the main parking lot which abuts the footbridge to the ski area lodges).

This trip will take the higher TH (Snow Lake) to Snow Lake via the standard trail, circle partway around the lake, passing the outlet, and continue up the trail to Gem Lake.  From there, we will run a ridge over to Roosevelt Peak.  From Roosevelt, we will drop down a gully to Chair Peak Lake, thence up the north aspect of Melakwa Pass.  From the Pass, we will traverse west and up to the White Ledges approach to Kaleetan.  After summiting, we will descent mostly large blocky rockfall into the upper Melakwa Valley, and continue out to the lower TH (Denny Creek) by the Hemlock Pass/Denny Creek trail. 


Mount Roosevelt & Kaleetan Peak

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Helmet
  • Mountaineering Boots: you may well wish to pack along lighter trail boots for the trail portions of the trip, particularly the route out from lower Melakwa Lake to the lower Denny Creek TH.
  • Ice Axe - will NOT be needed, unless you like to use it for balance in steep terrain (use of trekking poles on off-trail terrain is discouraged, though you are welcome to bring them for the trail portions of the loop)
  • Downclimbing Gear: a locking biner, a loop of cord, and some kind of harness (sling diaper harness or standard climbing harness)
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