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Snowshoe + Keekwulee Falls via Denny Creek Trail

Snoqualmie Pass

Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Washington

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Snowshoe + Keekwulee Falls via Denny Creek Trail

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  • Self-issue permits are required for this heavily used area.- Snowshoe + Keekwulee Falls via Denny Creek Trail
  • Denny Creek Trail.- Snowshoe + Keekwulee Falls via Denny Creek Trail
  • Denny Creek Trail.- Snowshoe + Keekwulee Falls via Denny Creek Trail
  • Denny Creek Trail.- Snowshoe + Keekwulee Falls via Denny Creek Trail
  • A stream crossing on the Denny Creek Trail.- Snowshoe + Keekwulee Falls via Denny Creek Trail
  • Denny Creek Trail.- Snowshoe + Keekwulee Falls via Denny Creek Trail
  • Sunlight streams through the old-growth along the Denny Creek Trail.- Snowshoe + Keekwulee Falls via Denny Creek Trail
  • Pools along the Denny Creek Trail.- Snowshoe + Keekwulee Falls via Denny Creek Trail
  • Denny Creek Trail.- Snowshoe + Keekwulee Falls via Denny Creek Trail
  • Denny Creek Trail.- Snowshoe + Keekwulee Falls via Denny Creek Trail
  • Denny Creek Trail.- Snowshoe + Keekwulee Falls via Denny Creek Trail
  • The trail approaches the falls.- Snowshoe + Keekwulee Falls via Denny Creek Trail
  • Fireweed on the Denny Creek Trail.- Snowshoe + Keekwulee Falls via Denny Creek Trail
  • The slide at Denny Creek.- Snowshoe + Keekwulee Falls via Denny Creek Trail
  • Crossing Denny Creek can be difficult at high water.- Snowshoe + Keekwulee Falls via Denny Creek Trail
  • Snowshoe and Keekwulee Falls.- Snowshoe + Keekwulee Falls via Denny Creek Trail
  • The trail alternates between smooth and rougher sections.- Snowshoe + Keekwulee Falls via Denny Creek Trail
  • - Snowshoe + Keekwulee Falls via Denny Creek Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Well-maintained trail. Rock water slide. Great for families. Several waterfalls.
Cons: 
Big crowds. Rocks can be slippery.
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Alerts: 
At high water, Denny Creek can become impassible or very difficult to cross.
Region:
Alpine Lakes Wilderness, WA
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,345.00 ft (409.96 m)
Parking Pass: 
NW Forest Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
6.00 mi (9.66 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
3,642.00 ft (1,110.08 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Denny Creek Trail begins in a beautiful old-growth forest that leads into the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Waterfalls, pools, and even a natural waterslide provide a fantastic retreat in the summer, when the trail is the most accessible. The hike is a great choice for families, and on a hot weekend you’ll likely encounter families stopped for the day at the second Denny Creek crossing. Here you’ll find plenty of large flat rocks that are ideal for picnicking, and at just 2 miles from the trailhead, the distance is short enough for hikers of all ages. If you decide to continue on the trail, Keekwulee Falls is an additional 0.7 miles, and Snowshoe Falls is an additional 1.3 miles. If you are interested in a longer hike, consider continuing on to Melakwa Lake.

Note that the second creek crossing does present some difficulties when Denny Creek is experiencing high flows. No bridge means that crossings depend on available boulders, so access beyond the second crossing may be dangerous if not impossible, in the spring.
 

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