Melakwa Lake


Backpack - Melakwa Lake

Shuttle loop trip including Lower and Upper Melakwa, Lower Tuscohatchie, Pratt and Olallie Lakes. One night at Melakwa with some boot path explorations.

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  • Moderate/Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 15.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 5,700 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 5,700 ft
  • Pace: 1.5-2.0

Meet at Pratt Lake/Granite Mountain TH at 9:00 AM we will carpool in one or more cars to the Denny Creek TH to begin the trip.  NW Forest Pass/America the Beautiful Pass required at each TH.

Covid-19:  This trip is open to only participants that are fully vaccinated for Covid-19.  Additionally participants will need to wear a mask when taking the short shuttle carpool between the THs.  The shuttle car windows will also be mostly open to facilitate maximum ventilation. 


Day 1-Thursday.  Meet at Pratt Lake TH 9:00AM, Shuttle to Denny Creek TH.  Backpack up the steep-ish trail to Melakwa Lakes, set up camp between the lakes.  Those desiring will take the boot path toward Kaleetan Peak, likely ending at peak 5700', we won't doing an exploring with significant exposure. Possibly explore the pass above Upper Melakwa Lake. 4.3 miles to lakes, 2755' gain, 2 miles on boot path, 1500' gain.

Day 2- Pack up and continue the loop via Lower Tuscohatchie, Pratt and Olallie Lakes.  If the weather is foul and group desires we will return via the short route directly to  Denny Creek TH. 8.5 miles, 1500' gain, over 4000' loss. Recollect our cars.

While this trip is short it is not easy. Please be of condition to climb 2700'+ gain on day one and 1500' gain on day two. While Thursday looks sunny we will likely be hiking out in the rain on Friday. It is required to bring full rain gear and a pack cover. Thanks.  Rob


Melakwa Lake

  • Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass No. 207

    Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass Gateway No. 207S

    USGS Snoqualmie Pass
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials plus overnight gear which may include:

  • Tent with footprint/ground tarp
  • Stove and fuel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Water filter
  • Bear canister, Ursack or extra stuff sack and cord designated for hanging food
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
  • Full rain gear and a pack cover.
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