Melakwa Lake

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8.6 mi
Distance
3 hrs 58 min
Time
terrain
2,359 ft
Elev Gain

Overview

This is a difficult out and back trail to Upper Melakwa Lake in Alpine Lakes Wilderness.

This trail goes by Keekwulee Falls, Snowshoe Falls, Melakwa Lake, and Hemlock Pass.

The trail initially climbs up the hillside, under I-90. After crossing Denny Creek, the trail enters scree fields, which comprise the majority of the trail from this point to Hemlock Pass. At Hemlock Pass, the trail descends a bit to Melakwa Lake.

Getting Started

The trailhead can be accessed from the Franklin Falls/Denny Creek area. Trailhead parking was closed as of September 2019, but another large parking lot approximately a quarter mile away provides plenty of room. A NW Forest Pass is required.



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    4 months, 2 weeks ago
    Very pretty lakes on a sunny day.
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    1 year, 4 months ago
    I went all the way Melakwa lake. Pretty awesome post work hike. Had it all, waterfalls, views, lakes, and wildflowers.
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Matt P 3 years, 4 months ago
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.
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Nicholas Heilweil 5 years, 2 months ago
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.
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Bobby 5 years, 7 months ago
Denny Creek
Full trip report and trail description (and tons more photos!!) on our blog: http://bobbyandmaura.com/hikes/denny-creek
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Youren 4 years, 7 months ago
Denny Creek 5/24/15 10:18:35 AM
Denny Creek to Melakawa Lake, memorial day weekend And snow lake trail 6/20/15
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Shalena Meredith-Hayes 3 years, 8 months ago
Denny Creek, WA, USA
Water too high to pass one mile in.
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