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kdm17Main (South) gully  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 6, 2014

kdm17

Kaleetan has been on my list for some time! Camped at Melakwa, then it was two hours up to the summit from there.. Some snow still but didn't need traction, though poles or axe is recommended. The scramble is completely dry and really fun, even easier (but longer) than Mt. Si's scramble. We came back on the ridge, rather than dropping down.. this alternate route was very fun, but very dangerous/exposed. I only recommend this to experienced climbers :)
Posted Jul 7, 2014 1:39 pm

scottvMelakwa gully not boot path  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2013

scottv

Ascending the damp but not muddy gully just below the "white ledges" Becky mentions was an elegant, direct route up from the lakes where we were camped. Descending via the boot trail seemed comparatively convoluted and annoying with all the jogs off and back onto the south ridge and meandering through brush and forest. Next time, I'd go up the gully and back down the white ledges. View of azure ice blocks in Chair Lake from the summit was my highlight.
Posted Sep 5, 2013 3:47 am

awilsondcEast Shoulder  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 27, 2013

awilsondc

LOVED this route! Hit the trail at 7:07 am with 3 other cars in the parking lot. The trail to the lake is relatively easy and well graded. From the lake I went cross country boulder hopping up towards Melakwa Pass veering to the left towards the climbers left part of the east face. From here the boulder hopping turned into a class 3+ scramble for a few hundred feet before the route joins up with the class 3 gully of the stardard route. I was not impressed with the gully and was happy I had added the extra scrambling via the east shoulder. I highly recommend this approach for those who like class 3. Snow could be a problem early in the season, there was still some lingering when I went but it wasn't a problem. I took the same route down.

I had run into a total of 3 people on my way up to the summit, which I had to myself, and back down to the lake. From the lake to the car I must have passed 200+ people, the place was packed! Go early on this one! 6 hr 30 min car to car.
Posted Jul 28, 2013 12:48 pm

wildstarWonderful Day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2013

wildstar

Had a great day. Beautiful weather and views were fantastic.
Posted Jul 23, 2013 11:41 am

kylefroweA Dip  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2011
Went for a swim post summit
Posted Jan 3, 2013 12:55 pm

JebEast face approach  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 15, 2012

Jeb

I took the bootpath past upper Melakwa Lake up to Melakwa Pass then traversed to the west. About 500' below the summit a wide open class 3-4 scramble brought me to the top. On my return along the main path over PT 5700' I noticed a deep gully just to the south of the summit that likely would have made for an even easier scramble.
Posted Oct 13, 2012 2:16 am

kevinsaKaleetan Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 19, 2010

kevinsa

Looks imposing from a distance, but really wasn't bad at all.
Posted Sep 15, 2012 7:45 pm

JoelSkokSouth Side gully scramble  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2011

JoelSkok

Expert leadership by Randy, great time with Bill and Peter too. A perfect day, hard to beat mountain scenery and companionship like that.
Posted Sep 13, 2012 10:49 pm

CzechMarkAgain but better  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2012

CzechMark

Second time climbing kaleetan. Way better this time. Took the SW gully from Melakwa basin to bypass the S ridge on the way up. I attached a video from my helmet cam of the gully:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZupmVFmpBw


Posted Sep 5, 2012 11:28 pm

Islander34S gully  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 25, 2012

Islander34

Scramble is really nothing more than class 2 with a few short class 3 sections. Great peak though.
Posted Aug 26, 2012 12:11 am

ClimberCrabsSouth side looks better when you're close  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2010

ClimberCrabs

Wanted a little conditioning for my Baker attempt in August, Kaleetan was just right. Easy hike up to the lake and a rough climber's path after that. Easy enough to follow though and the views were great. The final scramble looks intimidating until you get to the base at which point it looks much more manageable. Nice views to Chair peak and the Snoqualmie peaks.
Posted Jul 18, 2012 3:38 pm

CzechMarkSuperb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 29, 2011

CzechMark

Very enjoyable hike to the lake and a wonderful scramble up the South gully. However, the hardest part was the climber's path. Absolutely awful, full of loose rocks and dirt. If it weren't for the approach I would do this one again in a heartbeat.
Posted Aug 30, 2011 5:17 pm

RangerMarkLooks are deceiving  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 29, 2009

RangerMark

Kaleetan looks intimidating from every angle, but the easy south side scramble belies its spiked shape!
Posted Aug 12, 2011 9:46 pm

BurkeMNo views  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 19, 2011

BurkeM

Not a single view to be had but the snow conditions were pretty much perfect.
Posted Jul 26, 2011 6:32 pm

belowfellowvery fun day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 6, 2008

belowfellow

a great route on a fun peak. need to go back on a better weather day.
Posted Feb 16, 2011 5:06 pm

Snidely WhiplashUp the gully past Melakwa Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 11, 1988

Snidely Whiplash

One of my favorites. A very spectacular peak.
Posted Jan 4, 2011 8:46 pm

breauxtrahnfinally  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2007

breauxtrahn

been wanting to climb this peak since first started scrambling. with hard snow this scramble was no joke. unfortunately, I wasn't taken with the view from the top.
Posted Dec 8, 2010 9:41 pm

ArkitektFinally!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2010

Arkitekt

I finally found someone to climb this peak with me. It was a long and tough hike but I've been wanting to do it for a long time. Great views.
From Melakwa Lake I can see how people could be a bit confused where to go. Following the directions on here helps and once you see the sign for the toilet you know you're on the right trail. Just navigate uphill from there.
Posted Aug 13, 2010 2:43 am

leftfieldRidge to South Gully  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 10, 2010

leftfield

Not what i expected. A late snow year. Took the ridge and just kept taking it until we couldn't figure out where to go next. Dropped down a step gully to a talus field, went up snow to a ridge and found the trail that took us the rest of the way. Marmot peered down from the summit as we approached. Perfect weather.
Posted Jul 27, 2010 12:14 am

Darren9An interesting mountain  Sucess!

Darren9

Kaleetan held my interest for three separate climbs, all of which were on routes not listed in books, most of which started on the East Face. The rock is not the best, but the peak itself is sharp and interesting. A fun mountain ignored by the masses, which is exactly what I like.
Posted Nov 7, 2009 2:22 am

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