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Darren9An interesting mountain  Sucess!


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

Date Climbed: Jul 17, 2005


I looked at the summit from many angles over several decades. It just doesn't look like a scramble. When I finally headed up there it looks bad all along the ridge. In fact it is just a scramble. Fun trip, I'll have to return.
Posted Oct 23, 2009 11:24 pm

Bryan KMore than I thought  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 24, 2006

Bryan K

I hiked up with somebody new that I met. The summit block looked very scary from a distance but not as bad once I got to the bottom of the gully.
Posted Oct 19, 2009 5:45 pm

ericwillhiteLoved it!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 12, 1996


Thought I was getting into the big time doing this scramble, learned later it can get much harder and much more crazy. Still remember being off route, coming over a rocky lip below the summit gulley, running into a mountaineers group who told me "that's not the way up", huh? I just came up it? Trip pictures and map at http://www.willhiteweb.com/snoqualmie_pass/kaleetan_peak/denny_creek_179.htm
Posted Oct 7, 2009 1:44 am

Curtissimoperfect day for us  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 13, 2009


Following great route description on Summit Post helped us where others failed today. We met two guys following the instructions from Peggy Somthing or Other's 75 Scrambles book who were turned back on the Melakwa Pass route. They were cursing her name all the way down the trail!
Posted Sep 14, 2009 11:55 am

EastKingSouth Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 13, 2009


Great day, hazy but still stellar views and a great little barely Class 3 scramble at the end. Looked a lot more intimidating from a distance than it actually was.
Posted Sep 13, 2009 11:04 pm

Justin PucciKaleetan Peak via South Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 16, 2009

Justin Pucci

After being thwarted by the 50 feet of visibility due to clouds the previous weekend, my wife and I headed back to settle the score. Previously, we weren't able to find the small climbers' path from the toilets up to Pt 5700 because of poor visibility. This time, we found it in no time and headed up. The terrain leading up to Pt 5700 and then again when dropping down into the West basin was sketchy at times, since this climb followed on the heels of a pretty decent rain week in the PNW. Mud and wet roots on a 45 - 50 degree slope can be difficult if not draining to negotiate. From the bottom of the basin back up the ~600 feet to the summit block was very straightforward. The final class 3 gully was a refreshing and simple scramble. Views were amazing! This was a long day, but a very rewarding one!
Posted Aug 17, 2009 8:20 pm

cp0915East Face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 27, 2009


A beautiful peak I hadn't even heard of 'til I was most of the way there. Climbed it with an arrogant idiot who's gonna get someone killed someday (if he hasn't already).
Posted Aug 2, 2009 12:26 am

mbiropmpath  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 27, 2009


turns out the boot path starts just before the second privy sign on the west side of Melakwa Lake. Oh and the toilet is nearly full- looks like I'll be digging a new hole for the privy next time I'm up there in Sept.
Posted Jul 28, 2009 1:26 pm

Martin CashNorth Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 30, 2008

Martin Cash

Soloed the north ridge in about 7 hours car to car. A fun scramble. Descended the South Ridge.
Posted Jan 19, 2009 7:10 pm

MjollnirFun day scramble  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 2, 2008


Took the 4th class gully down. Wish we had taken it up. Good stuff.
Posted Dec 14, 2008 9:22 pm

WeatherManPerfect day in the Hills  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 7, 2008


6:00am- Wake up
6:30am- Starbucks
7:15am- Start Hike
8:45am- Melakwa Lake
9:00am-10:30am- Putter around the lake trying to find the 'well beaten' path that leads to the rock gully... ended up going the ridge route
11:50am- Summit Kaleetan
3:45pm- Back to the car
4:30pm- Home, shower change
5:30pm- McCormick & Schmicks Happy Hour ($1.95 burgers with beer) on Lake Union in the sun.
5:31pm- "I love living in Seattle"
Posted Sep 8, 2008 12:48 am

Dan WinterSouth Scramble  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 6, 1998

Dan Winter

Off route and slow party = 13hours 7 minutes.
Posted Apr 28, 2008 9:40 pm

bmwboarder7Beautiful Climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2007


This was a nice fun hike. The scramble at the top isn't too bad. We took the south ridge up, but then took one of the east gullies on the way home for a nice loop. Beautiful views from the top.
Posted Jul 29, 2007 8:47 pm

gimpilatorDenny Creek Approach  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2007


I was stunned by the beauty of Chair Peak reflecting in Melakwa Lake. To my surprise, it seems the haystack scramble on Mount Si is more challenging than the standard route of Kaleetan. The mountaineers have left a summit register for people to sign up there. My feet hurt.
Posted Jul 1, 2007 10:34 pm

PantilatSouth Ridge  Sucess!


Nice scramble close to home.
Posted Jun 20, 2007 2:59 am

DBakerTraverse from Roosevelt
Date Climbed: Sep 16, 2006


Hiked to base of Mt. Roosevelt prior night, camped, climbed Roosevelt by 9am. We decided that the day wasn't nearly over, and traversed across to Kaleetan over what I would consider mostly high 4th class terrain. Made a poor route choice for the final hundred feet or so to the summit, ended up on low 5th class rock without protection and a fair amount of exposure.
Posted Jan 25, 2007 7:18 pm

supermarmothe beat me again...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2006


see below:)
Posted Jul 9, 2006 6:36 am

agreenstreetRoute Climbed: South Route Date Climbed: July 4, 2006  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2006


Spent the night at Lake Melakwa the night before. Had thunder storms and rain during the night but perfect weather for the climb. Some VERY large thunder heads could be seen east of Mt Rainier to the south. Some strange weather during those days.
Posted Jul 6, 2006 7:37 am

Andy DeweyRoute Climbed: South Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 6, 2006

Andy Dewey

Great scramble, lots of fun. Hit snow at about 3500'. Partly cloudy day, great views.
Posted Jun 7, 2006 5:29 am

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