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LTF Crew - Melakwa Lake II

Backcountry Response Team

Wed Aug 17, 2022 8:30 AM — Wed Aug 24, 2022 3:30 PM

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Snoqualmie Region — Snoqualmie Pass

Features: Earn Northwest Forest Pass

Crew Leader: Zachary Toliver

Melakwa Lake


WTA Staff LTF Crew only -

This trail is one of the most spectacular in the Snoqualmie Pass area. We'll spend the day working on annual maintenance tasks deep into the trail. This is a challenging work party with 4-8 miles of round-trip travel in addition to work.

About the Area

In the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, this trail, bearing the ubiquitous Denny name, is one of the most spectacular in the Snoqualmie Pass area. There are several waterfalls on Denny Creek, most notably Keekwulee Falls, and the trail winds it's way up towards Melakwa Lake.

What to Expect

We'll have fun, work hard and make a difference!

Project Description

We will be working on important tread reconstruction and annual maintenance consisting of brushing, drainage, and some rock work. We will be working beyond the Denny Creek crossing, which should be manageable this time of year.

Camping and Hiking Information

Our hike to the project site is expected to be 2-4 miles roundtrip over hilly terrain. You will be carrying heavy tools in addition to your gear.


  • 8:30 AM: Be ready to sign in and meet the crew, rain or shine
  • 8:35 AM: Gather for a safety briefing, then hike to the project site
  • Morning: Work at your own pace, and take breaks throughout the day
  • 12:00 PM: Lunch on the trail
  • Afternoon: Consider trying a new task before wrapping up the day's work
  • 3:30 PM: Sign out after enjoying refreshments at the trailhead

For safety reasons, arriving late or leaving early is not allowed.

Special Event

Please bring your own cloth face covering, gloves and hard hat. Consider bringing your own hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes. Wipes and hand sanitizer will also be provided by your crew leader. There will be no refreshments provided at this time.

Planning Information

Get ready for a great day outside!

What it Takes to Do This Work Party

  • This event requires 25+ days of experience -- Bring a great attitude for working with a team! WTA provides the training and tools you need
  • Expect to be physically active at your own pace for up to 6 hours on uneven terrain
  • Recommended for ages 10 and older; under 14 must be accompanied by an adult and a parental consent form must be signed for anyone under 18

What to Bring

  • Boots
  • Long pants 
  • Work gloves
  • Long-sleeved shirt recommended
  • Eye protection recommended (glasses, sunglasses or safety glasses)

A hard hat will be provided by WTA. For safety reasons, shorts and sneakers are not allowed.

  • Lunch and plenty of water
  • Rain jacket and pants
  • Extra warm clothing in case of wet or cold weather
  • A pack to carry your personal gear
  • A sense of fun and adventure for learning new skills and meeting great people!

Firearms and weapons are not allowed.

More Information

From the Hiking Guide

See what WTA's hiking guide and trip reports say about this area.

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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 and after 0.2 miles turn left. Continue ahead for 2.4 miles and take a left just after Denny Creek Campground and pass the Franklin Falls trailhead.

**2021 - Gate will be closed for regular traffic to the Denny Creek trailhead. We will open the gate and park behind it for the work party. The restrooms will not be open at Denny Creek but they are at Franklin Falls.**


Note: Please follow the written directions above instead of using a GPS device. This will ensure that you get to the correct meeting location for this work party. The location of the pinpoint below is only approximate.

Getting to WTA work parties can involve travel on rough, unpaved roads in areas without cellular service and without street addresses that can be accurately used by navigation devices. Unless specifically noted otherwise, routes can generally be traveled by all types of vehicles. Volunteers with limited experience driving on unpaved mountain roads may want to allow extra time, beyond what is recommended in the directions above, to get to the meeting location.

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