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Melakwa Lake

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National Forest

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest

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…

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1 Review of Melakwa Lake

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Alex T.
Reviewed Jul. 15, 2021

Beautiful and buggy

Melakwa means mosquito and they are not kidding- you have been warned! If you can deal with the bugs though this lake is STUNNING. In July there was still ice on the lake, which is at 4500ft. The hike up from deny creek with a full pack is not easy either- especially crossing the large talus…

  • Melakwa Lake
  • the hike up Denny creek trail- the ascent begins
Sitea nice clear space near the trail entrance to the lake.
Month of VisitAugust


Melakwa Lake is located in Washington

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From Seattle, head east on I-90 to exit 47 Denny Creek/Tinkham Road. At the top of the exit ramp, turn left and cross over the freeway. Go 0.2 miles and turn right at the stop sign onto Forest Road 58. The road crosses under the freeway, after driving 0.2 miles, turn left. Continue straight on for 2.9 miles and about a half mile past the Denny Creek Campground there is a large paved parking lot on the right that can accommodate about 60 cars. The trailhead can be accessed via a trail that begins near the bulletin board in the parking lot. The Denny Creek parking restrooms are closed, but the restrooms at Franklin Falls are available to hikers. There is ADA parking available nearer the Franklin Falls trailhead. Be sure to have a placard; parking patrols are on and will ticket violaters.


47.44876845298235 N
121.46875438377381 W

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