Melakwa Lake – 09-06-2014

Mountaineers hike to Melakwa Lake.

Participants include Nicole Hansen (leader), Autumn Curry, Amanda Turner and Glen Strachan.

Melakwa Lake – 09-06-2014 (Fullscreen Slideshow)

References:

  • Day Hiking: Snoqualmie Region, by Dan Nelson and Alan Bauer, Melakwa-Lake
  • Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass Gateway No. 207S
  • Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass No. 207

The way to Melakwa Lake is like two different trails: first a wide gentle trail through old growth forest beneath an elevated and noisy Interstate freeway. And second, a rocky steep trail that follows a waterfall and a precipitous gorge upstream to get to a pair of clear alpine lakes flanked by rocky peaks. Is it about the journey or the destination? You decide.

Driving Directions
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.
Trailhead GPS coordinates (47.4151, -121.4432)
National Forest Pass required.

Hiking Stats:
9.09 miles, 2858 ft. gain, 6 hrs, 15 min.

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