|Trail Highlights:||Panoramic, mountain, and lake views|
|Round-trip Distance:||9.00 miles / 14.50 km|
|Required Pass:||Northwest Forest Pass or equivalent for national recreation sites|
Although the Melakwa lakes are the final — and worthy — day-hiking destination for most, a robust few may climb the stony pass that stretches from Upper Melakwa Lake to the junction of Kaleetan and Chair peaks. However, this scant half-mile/0.80 km scramble is not for the weak of knee or ankle and care should be exercised to avoid rockfalls. No trail leads up the pass, but rather an intermittent, almost imperceptible path of slightly boot-worn rocks through a field of jumbled, basketball- to car-sized boulders. The route works its way up the center of the pass through a series of berms anchored by small trees and patches of soil, which temporarily rest the feet from constantly teetering on angled stones. At the top of the pass, solitude and a rugged alpine view reward the effort.
A stream courses through the talus down the center of the pass, sometimes flowing freely over the surface and other times gurgling unseen through the rocks somewhere below.