Mount Roosevelt & Kaleetan Peak


Alpine Scramble - Mount Roosevelt & Kaleetan Peak

This fun but challenging scramble of two peaks with only a small amount of horizontal separation, but a certain amount of vertical separation (loss from Roosevelt down to little Chair Peak Lake; gain from the lake up the north side of Melakwa Pass). The trip will require a short car shuttle between the exit TH (Denny Creek/Melakwa Lakes) and the entry TH (Alpental/Snow Lake), as the trip will be run as a loop. Covid precautions apply: the area is in Phase 2 and all participants should live within 125 miles of Snoqualmie Pass.

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  • Strenuous 4, Technical 5
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 14.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,500 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 6,259 ft
  • Pace: Moderate but Steady

Drivers participating in the car shuttle should meet at the Denny Creek/Melakwa Lakes trail head at 7:30 a.m., Monday, July 20.  Covid precautions will be taken for those participating in the short car shuttle up to the Alpental/Snow Lake TH (face coverings; maximum ventilation in the vehicle).

Any other participants should meet at the Alpental TH at 8:00 a.m., Monday, July 20.  Both trail heads require parking permits.  Covid precautions should be kept in mind when making travel arrangements (ideally, only household members or trusted "personal bubble" companions sharing a vehicle for any length of time).  As noted, drivers for any vehicles left at the Alpental TH will need to shuttle back up to that trail head at the end of the trip (see precautions above).  Interactions with the general public while traveling to and from the trip should be minimal (for information only, the WSDOT's  usually well-maintained bathroom known as Travelers Rest is available on the south side of the Pass along the ski area access road; both trail heads should have the usual Forest Service outhouses available).

Participants are expected to familiarize themselves with the route and, ideally, should have printed relevant maps.

There is a somewhat exposed dirt/heather ramp near the summit of Roosevelt.  There is a relatively loose gully descent from Roosevelt down to Chair Peak Lake.  It's not inconceivable that there may be a couple hundred feet of snow on the north or sun-sheltered side of Melakwa Pass as we ascend from the lake.  We will be taking the White Ledges route to and from Kaleetan Peak, this is a steep and sporty but aesthetic rock route, though the degree of exposure and skill required vary with the exact route taken through the ledges.   Participants should be experienced and competent scrambling both loose and solid rock, scree, and talus.

There will be an opportunity to pump water along the way, but all participants should be carrying a minimum of two liters of liquid capacity.


Mount Roosevelt & Kaleetan Peak

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Helmet
  • Mountaineering Boots (those confident of their abilities will almost certainly be able to complete the trip in approach shoes or trail runners, but see below; gaiters are still recommended whatever footwear you choose to go with for the couple of unavoidably loose sections of the route).
  • Ice Axe (the need for an ax will likely be minimal, but some will find it of use on the ledge/ramp system below the summit of Roosevelt and, again, there is a chance of a little moderately steep snow below Melakwa Pass as we approach from the north)
    Standard scrambling down-climbing kit
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