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:
Scramble is really nothing more than class 2 with a few short class 3 sections. Great peak though.
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.
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.
Kaleetan looks intimidating from every angle, but the easy south side scramble belies its spiked shape!
Not a single view to be had but the snow conditions were pretty much perfect.
a great route on a fun peak. need to go back on a better weather day.
One of my favorites. A very spectacular peak.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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).
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.
Soloed the north ridge in about 7 hours car to car. A fun scramble. Descended the South Ridge.
Took the 4th class gully down. Wish we had taken it up. Good stuff.
6:00am- Wake up
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"