Backpack - Kaleetan Lake

Kaleetan Lake

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  • Moderate/Strenuous
  • Mileage: 22.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 5,100 ft
6:30 AM at TBD
Although open to all club members over age 18, this trip is also part of the B3 backpacking Building Blocks series and eligible for B3 course graduation credit. In addition, this backpack will have a practical instructional/learning focus and offer experience in proper gear use and camp set-up techniques.

Due to the distance needed to travel on day one of the trip and that the Pratt Lake TH parking area fills quickly, we want to begin the trip as early as possible Saturday morning. Carpool arraignments can be made prior to the trip with a final meeting spot in Issaquah before heading out to the TH, which is approximately a 30-40 min drive.

Route: Pratt Lake TH starts at 1900 feet. Follow the Pratt Lake Trail (#1007) for 5.5 miles until it meets the Melakwa Lake Trail (#1011) and the Pratt River Trail (#1035) at 3400 feet. Travel east for 0.6 miles on the Melakwa Lake Trail until it connects with the Kaleetan Lake Trail (#1019). At 3.1 miles you pass Windy Lake at 4200 feet. Remain on Kaleetan Lake Trail for approximately 1 mile until it reaches Kaleetan Lake and the camp site area at 3900 feet elevation. Older trip reports indicate the need to ford Pratt River on the Kaleetan Lake trail, elevation at 3000 feet. It is suggested that you bring shoes for the fording.

Given the elevation gain and 11 mile distance each day , this is a good conditioner for upcoming trips with strenuous demands. Please be in adequate shape to handle the mileage and elevation each day while carrying your pack load.

Please contact the leader with any questions.

Please email the leader with your interest in joining this trip.

I will contact all participants in advance of the trip with gear requirements and planning assistance and potential for gear sharing.

This trip could be cancelled or moved if weather or trail conditions are unsafe on the trip dates.


Kaleetan Lake

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