Start hiking in an old-growth forest, cross a bridge over Denny Creek, pass under the I-90 westbound bridge and enter the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. In a mile you'll hike back across Denny Creek, but without a bridge. Be prepared to turn around here during high water from spring snowmelt. Later in the year large slabs of exposed bedrock next to Denny Creek make this a popular picnic site.
Continue to ascend and pass Keekwulee and Snowshoe Falls. At Hemlock Pass the trail peaks before dropping slightly into Melakwa Lake basin shortly after the junction with Melakwa Lake Trail 1011 to Lower Tuscohatchie Lake. Enjoy great views of Bryant, Chair and Kaleetan Peaks from the lake basin.
At a Glance
||The Denny Creek Trailhead will be CLOSED to public use (vehicle and foot traffic) on Tuesday, November 24 for hazard tree removal due to the recent storm.
||Wilderness Permits are required for day use and overnight trips in Alpine Lakes Wilderness from May 15 to October 31. Permits are free and available on a self-issue basis at trailheads.
||Wilderness regulations apply. The trail is closed to motorized vehicles, stock and bicycles. Dogs must be on a leash.
||North Bend, Washington
||A valid Recreation Pass is required at Denny Creek Trailhead.
||Check current conditions or call Snoqualmie Ranger District, North Bend Office at 425-888-1421.
Access from Denny Creek Trailhead.
From North Bend, Washington take I-90 east to exit 47. Turn north at the exit ramp and turn right at the "T" in the road. In 0.25 miles turn left on Denny Creek Road (Forest Service road 58). Follow the road 2.5 miles; just beyond the Denny Creek Campground and turn left on the paved road. Continue 0.25 miles to the end of the road. Parking is limited; be sure to park off the right-of-way and do not block driveways.
A picnic table and fire ring is available at each campsite. The campground is located along Denny Creek. Just beyond the campground is the Denny Creek and Franklin Falls trailhead. Garbage service is available. The campground has 33 tent or trailer units, 6 that are accessible. 10 sites have electricity.