Denny Creek , Lake Melakwa

9.0 miles, out and back. Current reports are of small snow patches and some mud.  Be prepared for rain or snow, it is not summer anymore.

Hike up the trail as it rolls under the I-90 westbound viaduct to the Denny Creek waterslide at 1.3 miles. You'll pass Keekwulee Falls and Snowshoe Falls at 1.4 and 2 miles and will then climb the long, steep valley of Denny Creek. The path crosses the creek periodically and ambles through dense forest and across rocky avalanche chutes.

At about 3 miles the trail gets serious about climbing and weaves up a series of switchbacks to Hemlock Pass at 3.5 miles (elev. 4600 ft). The trail slides through the forested pass (yes, it's largely a hemlock forest), before dropping gradually over the next mile to the shores of Melakwa Lake.


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  • Chris S.

    An unexpected opportunity to get out for a beautiful day. Good company, extraordinary views and dinner with friends.

    October 25, 2013

  • sandy

    Great hike in the sun with great folks. What could be better?

    October 25, 2013

    • dale

      The beer and dinner with friends made it even better for me.

      October 25, 2013

  • Bill V

    Warm, sunny, and good company! The lower and upper lakes were perfect for picture taking and we took advantage of the opportunity. Thanks Dirk for posting this one.

    1 · October 25, 2013

  • Lena

    What an amazing day without fog! Thank you for orgainizing, Dirk :)

    October 24, 2013

  • James

    enjoyed the hike..a fine destination and great group of folks..

    October 24, 2013

  • Barbara S.

    can't make this one but want to stay in touch for the next few

    October 23, 2013

  • Chris S.

    I would love to carpool.

    October 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Would love to join but I injured my foot. Hopefully I will heal soon and can join!

    October 21, 2013

  • Steph

    Have fun-wish I could go!

    October 20, 2013

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