Loop variation, go back via Snow lake
Really fun ascent
Climbed the "white ledges" route from Melakwa Pass with a few friends while backpacking from Alpental to the Pratt trailhead. The views were spectacular and the air was clear since it had rained the day before. The climb is easy and rewarding.
Great hike and scenery but couldnt see a darned thing. May have to go back someday when skies are clear.
In CLIMBING WASHINGTON'S MOUNTAINS, Jeff Smoot rates this climb as Class 2. I concur with his rating. There are a couple of "mandatory" moves on the climber's trail that are harder than anything that can't be bypassed in the couloir.
Awesome scramble! One of my favorites out I-90. Relatively steep bootpath up from Melawka Lake. No views from the summit on account of fog, but still had a great time.
RIP Edward Earl. This peak was Edward's last summit before losing a battle to Mt. Isto in the Brooks Range.
Greg, Bob, Duane, Ken, and I chose to go to Kaleetan Peak in honor of our recently deceased friend Edward. He had died during an expedition in Alaska, and it turned out that Kaleetan Peak was the last successful summit he had done prior to his death. What a great peak, too. Very prominent, with a nice route and great views. Highly recommended.
Climbed sometime in the late summer. Steep climber's path from the lake, easy scrambling in the gully. Great views from the top.
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 :)
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.
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.
Had a great day. Beautiful weather and views were fantastic.
Went for a swim post summit
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.
Looks imposing from a distance, but really wasn't bad at all.
Expert leadership by Randy, great time with Bill and Peter too. A perfect day, hard to beat mountain scenery and companionship like that.
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.