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Denny Creek Trail #1014

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.2 (11)

A trail with stunning views at Lake Melakwa.


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4.4

Miles

7.1

KM

74%

Runnable

4,577' 1,395 m

High

2,290' 698 m

Low

2,362' 720 m

Up

146' 45 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

49%

Max Grade (26°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

After crossing the creek, the trail starts a moderate ascent toward Hemlock Pass, passing a few waterfalls along the way. The route is steep as you alternate between talus and forest.

In the summer, you are likely to find wildflowers blooming in this section. Hemlock Pass tops out at 4,600 feet. The final stretch is a gentle descent to Melakwa Lake. Make your way around the left side of the lake to get to Upper Melakwa Lake.

If you're feeling adventurous, you can scramble up to the pass, though there is no maintained trail. It is a gentle climb up the talus slope to the obvious pass nestled between Chair and Kaleetan Peak. The views toward Snow Lake are phenomenal. Side note: Melakwa is Chinook for mosquito, so it's advisable to be prepared to encounter the pest along the way.

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Nessa Goldman

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  4.2 from 11 votes

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Enjoying the view down the Denny Creek drainage.
Sep 26, 2018 near Riverbend, WA
On the shores of Melakwa Lake, at the end of the Pratt River Trail.
Apr 11, 2019 near Riverbend, WA
Denny Creek cascades.
Sep 17, 2016 near Riverbend, WA

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Jul 13, 2019
Maureen Elizabeth
Melakwa to Pratt Lake traverse 13.8mi — 4h 00m
Sep 25, 2018
Vikram Sahney
Trail can be quite rocky. Hard to move at a good running speed even on the descent.