by Matt Rosenberg September 19th, 2012
Washington State is blessed with a wide range of public lands upon which to hike and a lot of them seem to reside within the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. Only 45 minutes east of Seattle off Interstate 90 at Exit 47 is the signed route to the Denny Creek campground and the Denny Creek Trailhead #1014, which after a mile-and-a-third to a popular natural water slide continues on three-plus miles further to a beautiful alpine spot called Melakwa Lake. Total distance up is 4.7 miles and the elevation gain is a vigorous but not absurdly challenging 2,300 feet. I hiked up there last Saturday, and here’s the video. More details on the hike, and directions from the Washington Trails Association. It’s one of ten they recommend within the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.
Here’s my cosmic, wordless take: