Kaleetan Peak/South Route

A challenging scramble of 12 miles with 4,800 feet of elevation gain near Snoqualmie Pass in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.

getting there

Take Exit 47, Denny Creek off of I-90. Turn left over freeway and then right on Denny Creek Road (Forest Road 58). Just past Denny Creek Campground, about 3 mi from leaving I-90, turn left onto Forest Road 5830 and drive to the trailhead (2,300 ft).

approach & Ascent

Follow the Melakwa Lake Trail to the lake. Then follow the boot path around upper lake. Ascend up towards Melakwa Pass, turn northwest beyond ridge of trees and ascend white ledges to the skyline, and finally head north to summit gully. There is loose rock on the ledges and in gully.

Alternate Route: From stream outlet of Melakwa Lake there is a scramble trail all the way to the final 120 feet. This route follows the ridge crest. It is a good return route, but remember to stay high on the ridge and do not drop into the basin on the east side.


  • In good weather allow for long summit break and break at the lake, a 10-11 hour day.
  • Difficulty: Strenuous 4, Technical 4, Winter Scramble
  • Length: 12.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,800 ft
  • 6,259 ft
  • Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass Gateway No. 207S
  • USGS Snoqualmie Pass

Upcoming Activities

Alpine Scramble - Kaleetan Peak/South Route

Scrambling Trip
One-day scramble of beautiful Kaleetan Peak! Open to all branches.
Difficulty: Strenuous 4, Technical 4, Winter Scramble
Sat, May 25, 2019
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
2 participants on waitlist
Registration closes May 23
Tacoma Branch
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