Melakwa Lake via Denny Creek Trail

MODERATE 181 reviews
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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.

hiking
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1 day ago

It still covers with lots of snow and you cannot reach the falls. Trail road is hard to recognize and the creek water is freezing!

16 days ago

Beautiful lake. Slightly busy.

1 month ago

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5 months ago

We went thanksgiving day 2016 and it was one of the most BEAUTIFUL things I've ever seen!! there was snow about 2 miles in and 4 miles up there was snow everywhere and the waterfall

hiking
5 months ago

What a wonderful day for a hike. There was no snow for the first mile and a half, but after that be ready for a cold weather. Aw long as you love snow and have work cloths you should be fine. There was so much snow pass Denny Creek. It was breathtaking.

6 months ago

6 months ago

6 months ago

Definitely longer than 8.5, about 10.5 I would say. Beautiful hike, plenty of waterfalls. Don't attempt without good hiking shoes as it is quite rocky.

hiking
7 months ago

Nice easy walk. Popular, parking lot full by 11:30 when we got to the trailhead. Good mushroom picking. Could not cross the falls due to high water.

7 months ago

Nice variety of waterfalls, rivers, large territorial views, rivers. Last 20 or so minutes of the hike were the steepest but not too intense. Excited that I could handle the elevation gain! Most elevation gain I've done so far :) the lake was to die for gorgeous - even on a cloudy day. Took the narrow trail on the left side of the lake against the embankment to the smaller upper river for stunningly gorgeous views! The 2 lakes are connected by a small waterfall. Easy to access the other side of Melakwa at this end of the lake. Highly!!! Recommend doing this!! The smaller lake & going to the other side of Melakwa were beyond gorgeous. Watched & heard a rockslide in the distance, and heard absolutely zilch in other parts of this area. It was just surreal. Spent 90 minutes wandering around by myself & once again met so many nice people.

As I came down to Denny Creek Falls, I walked up towards the falls as far as I could. So beautiful. Wanted to get above the falls, so I found a trail that was parallel to the falls on the left side of the falls. It is definitely not a well traveled path - but obvious that people do take this up to the top where you can see even further up the river bed.

So amazing. So thankful for these experiences. Go & partake! :) happy hiking!

hiking
7 months ago

Fun and easy!

hiking
7 months ago

so much fun totally would do it again

hiking
8 months ago

Best hiking for me. Finished in less than 6hrs for the whole trail. It was rocky and muddy after rains. Be careful of the running creeks, need either hiking pole or hiking boots to cross them.

8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Great trail for avid hikers. Definitely felt longer than 8.5 miles though. About 1/4 of the trail is exposed to the sun so beware of that. The trail is also quite rocky with overgrown shrubs.

backpacking
8 months ago