Melakwa Lake via Denny Creek Trail

MODERATE 266 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

snow

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

hiking
1 day ago

backpacking
3 days ago

More like 4.5 stars due to traffic. This is also sort of a review for Kaleetan Peak.

Solid trail, moderate is a good rating for this. The waterfall was very pretty and the lake with Kaleetan Peak and Chair Peak on either side was absolutely gorgeous. Once we got to the lake, we set-up camp, and did Kaleetan via the Toilet path (Gaia app has the trail). Highly recommend doing Kaleetan if you're in good shape as the views are stunning.
I suggest doing Kaleetan this way as taking a short break once you reach the lake really helped re-energize. Dumping gear and switching out a large pack for a much smaller one felt heavenly and being able to come back down from the amazing summit to camp and stuff my face was great!

6 days ago

8 days ago

One of the most beautiful hikes I've been on with varied views and terrain. I don't believe the 8.5 mile round trip though. Felt like 11 which is what my pedometer said.

hiking
9 days ago

hiking
9 days ago

9/11/2017 (Monday) -- Clear in the morning, 55F, then came the smoke, hot in the open sections, up to near 80F. The rocks pose serious challenges to my creaky knees. It's no easier than Mt. Si and Mt. Washington, though almost same length and less elevation gain. The lake view is one of the best. Little or no water in the creeks and falls. Very dry. The lower 1/3 in the woods (1.4 miles) is easy and comfortable as compared with the upper 2/3 rocky sections.

hiking
13 days ago

hiking
13 days ago

Several lovely waterfalls along the trail. Denny Creek is worth the slight detour to explore, and a good place to lunch. The tranquility of Melakwa Lake was somewhat blemished by the constant buzzing of wasps. Sounded like a room with flies. But no mosquitos, thankfully.

Wildfire smoke definitely affected views.

17 days ago

Not only a great hike to a beautiful lake, but lots of scenic places to stop along the way!

hiking
18 days ago

hiking
18 days ago

I loved this hike! It was a great challenge for me given the circumstances, and was a great distraction from issues at hand!

I’ll go back some day with a swimsuit. That lake is gorgeous!

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18 days ago

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24 days ago

We started early so it wasn't too busy. Set out to summit Kaleetan Peak but didn't make it to the top this time. Need to get more confident on very steep boot paths.

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24 days ago

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