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Kaleetan Peak 6,259'!
In the Snoqualmie Peaks!
|This trip starts at the popular Denny Creek Trailhead 2,300, off I90, Exit 47. There were only a few cars at the trailhead when Dan Cervelli and I started at 8 am. The trail is well maintained and in excellent condition all the way to the lake. There were a couple of tents there. Their solitude vanishes with the day. We went around the right side of Melakwa Lake, then Upper Melakwa Lake, and ascended toward Melakwa Pass, looking for the route up to the ridge below the Peak. The Tooth and Chair Peak were on our right, high above. We started up the snow in a gully, but soon moved over to sound rock on the right side until we gained the ridge. The ridge finally joins up with the South Gully that leads to the summit. It is class 2 to the summit, with some danger of rockfall if other parties are above. The route that follows the summit ridge is class 3. The summit has wonderful views, with Stuart, Rainier, and almost all the Snoqualmie Peaks nearby visable. We looked down on icy Snow Lake. It was fun to try to pick out the lookout of Granite Mountain. We descended, and decided to try a variation and follow the ridge to its high point of 5,400, and then down directly to the campsites at the lake. We downclimbed a bit, then kickstepped up a steep snow gully back to the ridge crest and the 5,400 point. From there we followed a vague trail back down to the Melakwa Lake and water. The main trail back down was now filled with dayhikers and people out for a holiday stroll to see the waterfalls, Keekwulee and Snowshoe. I have never seen so many children on any trail! The trailhead was packed with cars, and even parked along the road. An easy day (seven hours, 4,000) in the mountains, rewarded with great views!|
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