Melakwa Lake

North Bend, Washington

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Crowds disappear once you are past Denny Creek’s waterfalls—the hordes thinning to a respectable number of serious hikers looking for an alpine lake experience. And what an experience! The trail ?nally crests Hemlock Pass and descends moderately to Melakwa Lake, a broad alpine wonder with rocky slopes leading straight down into the crystal water. Those bright waters also re?ect the craggy peaks that ring the lake: most notably Chair and Kaleetan peaks.
Day Hiking: Snoqualmie Region

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Day Hiking: Snoqualmie Region

by Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)

Crowds disappear once you are past Denny Creek’s waterfalls—the hordes thinning to a respectable number of serious hikers looking for an alpine lake experience. And what an experience!

The trail ?nally crests Hemlock Pass and descends moderately to Melakwa Lake, a broad alpine wonder with rocky slopes leading straight down into the crystal water. Those bright waters also re?ect the craggy peaks that ring the lake: most notably Chair and Kaleetan peaks.

© 2014 Dan A. Nelson/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Fishing, Hiking
Nearby City: North Bend
Distance: 9
Elevation Gain: 2,300 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Access: Moderate to Difficult
Season & Limits: June–Oct
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Mount Baker–Snoqualmie National Forest, Snoqualmie Ranger District, North Bend office
Local Maps: Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass Gateway No. 207S
Driving Directions: Directions to Melakwa Lake

Recent Trail Reviews

7/19/2009
2

A hot and sunny Sunday, and a busy trail... at least the first portion. The trail is in good condition. 4.5 miles to the lake, none of which is too steep or strenuous. The lakes are beautiful. The upper lake was less crowded and offered better views in my opinion.



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