Tooth, Hemlock, Bryant, Melakwa Pass loop
Lindsay and I parked at the Snow Lake trailhead and headed up the Snow Lake trail to the Source Lake overlook, then did a traversing ascent to the base of the Tooth's south face. While climbing we encountered two other rope teams and two guys (both on their own) who were soloing.
We rapped down our route then made a straight-forward traverse to Hemlock Peak.
From the summit of Hemlock Peak we dropped down the NW side of Hemlock Peak on steep heather slopes. Then we traversed the SW side of Bryant Peak and scrambled the rocky summit block a little SE of the summit. This was a nice, short 3rd class scramble. Bryant is an excellent viewpoint and has a pleasing, rocky summit.
On the way down, we took a less scrambly, but more exposed path off the summit block that ran from the summit down the SW side. From Bryant we followed the ridge down to Hemlock Pass. This involved some steep, brushy slopes.
From Melakwa Lake we hiked the boulder field to Melakwa Pass then down to Chair Peak Lake (there was still some ice in the lake). From Chair Peak Lake we went up the granite dome to the north of the lake, then made a downward traverse clock-wise around Snow Lake. After some truly gorgeous meadows on the benches, and some steep, ugly, brush we finally reached the lake near the little peninsula on its NW side.
Exhausted, we were happy to find a boot path that led back to the main trail.
15 hours 13 minutes
approx. 4,264 feet
scramble/basic rock climb
Alpine Lakes Wilderness, South Fork Snoqualmie Drainage, Middle Fork Snoqualmie Drainage
The Tooth, Hemlock Peak, and Bryant Peak from Snow Lake trail
Wright Mountain from Chair Peak Lake
Avalanche Mountain from NE of Chair Peak Lake
Avalanche Mountain and Snoqualmie Mountain over Snow Lake
Avalanche Mountain and Snoqualmie Mountain
Roosevelt Mountain from Snow Lake
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