6 reviews Alpine Lakes Wilderness #1 hike out of 373 in
3 hrs 58 min
This is a difficult out and back trail to Upper Melakwa Lake in Alpine Lakes Wilderness.
Melakwa Lake via Denny Creek - Saturday - 09/17/2016
From Seattle, drive I-90 eastbound to Exit 47 (Denny Creek / Asahel Curtis). At the bottom of the ramp, turn left over the freeway to a T. Turn right and proceed a quarter-mile, then turn left on Denny Creek Road 58. Follow Denny Creek Road 2.3 miles (past the campground at 2 miles). At the sign for Denny Creek Tr. 1014, turn left on FR 5830 and travel 0.2 mile of potholed gravel to road’s end. There is parking for about 30 vehicles, plus additional shoulder parking along one side of the road. On sunny summer weekends, you may have to park even farther away. Trailhead amenities include two vault toilets, two permit kiosks, a picnic table, and a trash receptacle.
Rob: Denny Creek to Melawkwa Lake
We have done this hike quite a few times but this time around it was with both our kids and their significant others. Lots of ice on the trail, especially down to Melawkwa Lake. Definitely needed the microspikes. The waterfalls were awesome in their frozen state. On the way back down, we found a small hidden trail that led out to the large waterfall. Set ourselves up and had lunch in the section above the falls. Running down this trail is a bit hard as there are lots of smaller rocks sticking up everywhere. Because we started so late, we ended up with the headlamps on for most of the trail back down.
Full trip report and trail description (and tons more photos!!) on our blog: http://bobbyandmaura.com/hikes/denny-creek
Denny Creek 5/24/15 10:18:35 AM
Denny Creek to Melakawa Lake, memorial day weekend And snow lake trail 6/20/15
Denny Creek, WA, USA
Water too high to pass one mile in.