Camp at one of several alpine lakes. Check out a peak or two. Slide down a natural waterslide. Duration: Overnight.

If you want to visit multiple lakes, get a view of or tackle a peak at Kaleetan, Chair and Bryant, campgrounds for overnight or weekend adventures, fish in the lakes, explore off the trail and natural waterslides and picnic area waterfalls, the this is for you. Denny Creek Trail offers it all!

After the first mile on the trail you will run into the Natural Waterslide and rocks that you can have a picnic on. If you can, keep going up the trail an additional 0.7 miles to reach the Keekwulee Falls. An Additional 0.5 miles past Keekwulee Falls is Snowshoe Falls.

After 2.3 miles, you will arrive at the first lake, Melakwa Lake, lots of camp sites and amazing views of the 3 peaks. If you go up the saddle between Kaleetan and Bryant Peak you can make your way down to Chair Lake and get amazing view of Snow Lake.

If you make the turn onto Pratt Lake trail travel 2.4 miles down to Lower Tuschatchie Lake just as you arrive at the lake look for the turn to the left and travel 3.1 miles to Windy Lake. Best part about this part of the trail is no one is on it and it offer a great uphill climb.

0.7 miles past Windy Lake and my destination is Kaleetan Lake. 11 Miles one way and 22 miles round trip.

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 .2 miles and turn right at the stop sign onto Forest Road 58. The road crosses under the freeway and after .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. The road here is fairly potholed so use caution. Cross a bridge and it's just .2 miles further to the trailhead.

Co-ordinates: 47.4154, -121.4433

Pack List

Day Trip:
  • Snacks for a picnic
  • Fishing pole
  • Blanket and swimming clothes for the Waterslide
Running day Trip:
  • CamelBak that holds 6 bottles of water
  • Protein Snakes and banana chips
  • A Change of clothes for when you get done
Overnight Trip:
  • Tent
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Water Filter System
  • Fishing Pole
  • A couple of pairs of clothes to change into from day and night
  • Snacks and Mountain House Meals
  • COFFEE!
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Activities Camping, Running, Backpacking, Fitness
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Features
Forest
Lake
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife
Swimming Hole

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