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