Jul 13, 2012
- Type of Outing
- Day hike
- Read More in our Hiking Guide
- Hike: Melakwa Lake
- Region: Snoqualmie Pass -- Snoqualmie Pass
- Agency: Mount Baker -Snoqualmie National Forest, Snoqualmie Ranger District, North Bend office
- Trails: Melakwa Lake (#1011)
- Avg Rating: 3.96
- Why You Should Go Now
- Wildflowers blooming
- Be Aware Of
- Water on trail
- Snow on trail
I started climbing the trail again at 1:46pm. Along the way up, there are still some spots of snow in the lower portion of the valley as you continue to make your way up to Melakwa Lake. As you continuing climbing up the trail, you will begin to notice that the trail begins to turn into a creek. This I assume is from all of the snow melt making its way down the mountain, traveling along pathways with an ease exit.
At about 1.5 miles before you reach the lake, you will start to encounter the remains of what snow is left from last winter. I would advise to pay close attention to the footprints in the snow, one can easily venture of the trail. You will have to climb up and over a few massive tree blow downs. Once you reach the top of the ridge, you will start your descend down towards Melakwa Lake.
I reach the lake at 3:26pm. Most of the lake is still covered with snow with only the front lake edge mostly melted away. A few kids decided to take a dip in the freezing cold water. I didn't end up venturing up to Upper Melawka Lake, only because I didn't see any footprints leading to the lake. As I relaxed a bit and took some photographs, I started my hike back towards the trail-head at 3:58pm. Overall, the hike to Melawka was pretty simple, with only minor difficulty staying on trail once you reach the upper portion of the snow remains.