Melakwa Lake Trail 1011


This is a moderately-used trail connecting the Pratt Lake with Melakwa Lake within Alpine Lakes Wilderness.

Leaving Pratt Lake, traverse through forest and open slopes with great views 10 miles down the Pratt River Valley to the Middle Fork River.  (Look for the transition from second growth forest to uncut forest in the valley below.  That’s as far as the North Bend Timber Company was able to drag trees down to the 1930s-era railroad line below.)  Pass by the north shore of Lower Tuscohatchie Lake to the junction of the Kaleetan Lake Trail 1010 at approximately .7 miles and stay right.

Beyond Tuscohatchie Lake, the trail continues for two miles with little elevation gain through old-growth forest with occasional views of the Pratt River valley and Kaleetan Peak. Continue for 2.3 miles, ascending gradually at first and ending in a series of switchbacks that climb to the junction with the Denny Creek Trail near Melakwa Lake. Melakwa Lake is beautiful, with clear green water and surrounding views of Bryant Peak from the east and Chair Peak from the northeast side.

Washington Trails Association

At a Glance

Usage: Medium
Best Season: Summer/Fall
Restrictions: Wilderness regulations apply. Trail is closed to stock, bicycles and motorized vehicles. Dogs must be on a leash.
Closest Towns: North Bend, Washington
Passes: A valid Recreation Pass is required at Pratt Lake and Denny Creek trailheads.
Information Center: Check current conditions or call Snoqualmie Ranger District, North Bend Office at 425-888-1421.

General Information


Access from Pratt Lake Trailhead

Follow Pratt Lake Trail #1007 for 5.5 miles to the north end of Pratt Lake. The junction with the Melakwa Lake Trail is in the small camping area.

This trail can also be accessed via the Denny Creek Trail #1014.

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3.2 miles

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  Elevation : 
1800 feet - 4500 feet