Pets allowed
Elevation Gain
1,345.00 ft (409.96 m)
Trail type
6.00 mi (9.66 km)
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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.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass

NW Forest Pass


Well-maintained trail. Rock water slide. Great for families. Several waterfalls.


Big crowds. Rocks can be slippery.

Trailhead Elevation

3,642.00 ft (1,110.08 m)


Old-growth forest


Nearby Lodging + Camping

Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Washington
Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Washington
Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Washington


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