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Kaleetan Lake

Snoqualmie Region > North Bend Area
47.4011, -121.5185 Map & Directions
Length
18.8 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
5690 feet
Highest Point
4560 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Hard
Lake Kaleetan. Photo by thetoph. Full-size image
  • Old growth
  • Lakes
  • Established campsites
  • Rivers

Press on past Pratt Lake to reach a measure of backcountry solitude at Windy Lake or Kaleetan Lake in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Continue reading

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Hiking Kaleetan Lake

Easily reachable from I-90, the Alpine Lakes Wilderness is welcomes hikers at all levels of intensity and experience. The Windy Lake/Kaleetan Lake hike may start out in crowded parking lots with droves of people, but with a measure of perseverance, you can achieve relative solitude even this close to the freeway.

First, hike to Lower Tuscohatchie Lake. There are multiple approaches, which will affect the total mileage to Kaleetan. You can get to Lower Tuscohatchie easily from Pratt Lake - either from the Pratt Lake or the Talapus Lake trailheads - or from the Denny Creek trailhead (turn west before Melakwa Lake).

No matter how you reach Lower Tuscohatchie Lake, FS Trail #1010 branches from the main trail near the northernmost point of Lower Tuscohatchie. Follow the trail briefly uphill, then descend about 250 feet to the upper reaches of the Pratt River, as it tunnels through the trees. Crossing the Pratt River on stones can be hazardous unless the water is low, later in the season. After the crossing, the trail becomes less well maintained, steep, and isolated.

The trail climbs about 1200 feet as it winds up the slope of the Pratt River valley, ascending through some old growth trees. You may encounter small detours due to downed trees or a washed-out trail, but the trail remains quite passable all the way to its end.

At about 4300 feet, the trail rounds the west end of the ridge and bends back eastward toward Windy Lake. There are three or four campsites at the west end of the lake, which has a high shore with a picturesque view. Huckleberries abound here in the late season.

One more mile of trail, and a descent of 300 feet, bring you to Kaleetan Lake. The outlet (western) end of the lake is a bit marshy, but there are one or two good campsites. Kaleetan Peak stands directly at the opposite end of the lake, a view worth the price of admission, paid in sweat and sore feet. You might encounter a few other backpackers on the weekend, but you might also have the whole basin to yourself, even in August.

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Kaleetan Lake

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.4011, -121.5185 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

The road to this trailhead will be closed periodically between Sunday nights and Friday afternoons for a restoration project in summer 2022. Vehicles still at the trailhead Sunday evening will be stuck behind the closure

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WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

From Seattle, head east on I-90 to exit 45. Turn left, and drive under the freeway on FR 9030. In 1 mile follow the road around to the right at a junction. Continue straight on a gravel, sometimes severely potholed road to the trailhead at the road's end. Northwest Forest Pass and Alpine Lakes Wilderness Permit required, both available at the trailhead.

More Hike Details

Trailhead

Snoqualmie Region > North Bend Area

Kaleetan Lake (#1010)

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Snoqualmie Ranger District

Guidebooks & Maps

Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass Gateway No. 207S

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