Kaleetan Peak via Denny Creek Trail 1014

6 reviews #39 hike out of 946 in
10.5 mi
Distance
4 hrs 27 min
Time
terrain
3,621 ft
Elev Gain

Overview

This is a difficult out and back trail to Kaleetan Peak in Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. Parking is limited until the main Denny Creek TH parking reopens. NF5800 is now one-way beginning 1/4 mile BEFORE left turn for the Denny Cr TH and the upper parking lot is ALWAYS full in summer unless you are there very early, as it is shared with the family-friendly Franklin Falls hike. This means if you cannot find parking on the road, you'll have to drive 4 miles up to Snoqualmie Pass, get on the highway west back to exit 47. I suggest parking on NF5800 just as you begin to see the campground areas about 1/2 - 1/4 mile BEFORE the turn to the TH.

This trail goes by Keekwulee Falls, Snowshoe Falls, and Melakwa Lake.

Getting Started

This is a difficult hike of 11 miles roundtrip and 5700 feet of elevation gain to the crown Snoqualmie Pass area peaks, requiring route-finding before July when much of it is not melted out. In late August and early September, gorging on blue/huckleberries possible. The summit block looks daunting from afar, but is nothing more than Class 3.

Taking Children

No, unless they are > 10 and are very fit



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brandonvogel93 4 years, 8 months ago
Kaleetan Peak via Denny creek trail/Melakwa Lake, King County, WA, USA
Hike From Parking at Denny creek trail. Hike over Hemlock Pass to Melakwa Lake. From Melakwa Lake to Kaleetan Peak starts as a steep Hike past the toilet for Melakwa then turns to a class 1/2 scramble requiring route/trail finding skills. Approach skirting along the ridge dipping into down to west side of the ridge then up again. The actual scramble to the peak, class 3/4 scramble, very steep, approach shoes, helmet and climbing skills recommended. Actual elevation at Kaleetan peak is around 6200 ft.
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PNWRich 3 years, 9 months ago
PNWRich: Kaleetan Peak
Finally was able to scratch this off of my to do list. Honestly, it was much easier than I had expected, although we just did the south ridge route. Somewhat long but enjoyable scramble followed by an awesome swim in Lake Melakwa.
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bo.jed 5 years, 11 months ago
Track (6/6/15, kaleetan peak
Kaleetan Peak, via Denny Creek trail and Point 5700
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