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
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.
From North Bend, 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.