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Melakwa Lake via Denny Creek
Timestamp Free: 2020.03.28 - 08:48:09
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Cascade Range / Washington Cascades
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 744m
Participants: Lucas Earl, Kate Lally, Rory Jones
Difficulty: 1: Trail hike
Ascend Denny Creek Trail to Melakwa Lake
Weather: Mostly sunny and warm

During the summer of 2016 a couple friends from college were living in Portland, OR, as one of them had an internship there. They were able to make two trips north to Seattle, the first one being during mid-June. (The second was in August, recorded in this trip). After a rainy Saturday, which featured a visit to the famous (notorious?) Fremont Solstice Parade and naked bike ride, we headed east on I-90 for a nice half-day hike near Snoqualmie Pass in order to get them on their way back to Portland by the afternoon on Sunday. I selected Melakwa Lake as a nice destination, as it featured waterfalls, an alpine lake, and some mountain views.

We got off I-90 at Tinkham Road (exit 47) and headed east on NF-58 (Denny Creek Road) towards the Denny Creek/Franklin Falls Trailhead. This road is unique in that is travels in between the two sides of I-90, where the latter climbs high along the valley walls to get to Snoqualmie Pass. I believe the forest road follows the old route of US-10, which was decommissioned when I-90 was built.

The trailhead for Melakwa Lake is shared with that for Franklin Falls, a popular destination for families. As a result the area can be busy on the weekend, but thanks to a new overflow parking lot there was plenty of space. We left the car at 10:30 am, crossing the South Fork Snoqualmie River on the road bridge that accesses the main parking lot. There are a handful of private cabins along the river near the trailhead, which makes parking even more difficult at the trailhead lot.

The trail is wide at the start, heading through nice forest. We crossed Denny Creek on a sturdy wooden bridge after a short distance.

[photo]01_denny_bridge.jpg[caption]Crossing the nice...

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