Melakwa Lake via Denny Creek Trail

MODERATE 242 reviews

Melakwa Lake via Denny Creek Trail is a 8.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near North Bend, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
8.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2864 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

beach

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

bugs

old growth

rocky

Hike along Denny creek, underneath I-90 past a couple of waterfalls, ending at a high alpine lake.

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8 days ago

Beautiful lake and hike. It's a grind so make sure to bring some water and good boots and a extra pair of clothes for jumping in the lake.

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9 days ago

Started off at 10:30am. Used the $5 day pass that you can purchase online and print at home. Parking was full when we got there. Fortunately there is extra parking if you back track a little bit and instead of making a left at the bathrooms and across the bridge to the main lot, you would drive straight up with the bathrooms on your left and a bit further from there is about 60 spots. Fortunately we had lots of choices....

The hike itself started off easy. Took a quick rest stop at the water slide. Enjoyed the water temp. Perfect for the hot day. The intensity slowly picked up. It gets tougher once you hit those rocks, especially being out in the open with no shade for sometime. In and out of the forest trees, was grateful for every inch of shade. The hardest part was the last steep stretch up the mountain right after the rocky path, which you're already exhausted from, from avoiding slipping and twisting your ankle.

2.5 hours later, we reached the lake. That's with a dog, puppy in the backpack and a grumpy teenager. The lake was certainly worth it. Only regret is not getting up sooner and having more time to enjoy the water. Took a quick dip, water temp was refreshing and just what you need after the hike. Scenery was absolutely gorgeous. Take your time at the lake if you can.

Had to wash and take care of the dog's paws with some balm at the end of the day. The rocky part of the hike was rough on the paws.

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9 days ago

Got to trailhead around 730 and there was ample parking. I would give the lake itself 5 stars, it was beautiful. However, the trail wasn't great. It was super rocky in many areas, making for slippery steps with the drizzly day. The trail was super narrow for at least 2 of the 4.25 miles one way, so passing others on the trail was difficult.

Made it up in an hour and 45 min and about the same timing back down the trail. Lot was overflowing with zero parking once we got down.

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10 days ago

Went 8/10-8/11. "Melakwa" certainly stand for its name. But it shouldn't be judged by all the bugs that await at the top. On warm days like we've been having, bugs are a given. It should be expected. But! This is a nice quiet lake. Water is amazingly clear and warm enough to swim in once you get going. At least for a Thursday/Friday one night stay kind of trip we basically had the whole lake to ourselves that night. The trail is definitely a moderate hike. The heat and the rocks on the way up make it seem a lot more difficult. You hit denny creek and a water fall that are good areas to stop at if you don't plan on going all the way to the lake. One thing is for sure, use A LOT of bug spray. It helps.

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13 days ago

Some flies, kinda longish and steepish hiking, the lake is excellent swimming temperature. Loved it, will do it again.

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20 days ago

Long hike, but worth it when you get there! Definitely bring bug spray though, there were a lot of biting flies and mosquitoes.

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