Denny Creek Waterslides

Denny Creek Waterslides

Elev. Gain: 
600 ft.
High: 
2,800 ft.
Where:
North Bend, WA
Distance: 
2.50 miles (round trip)
Difficulty: 
Easy
Rating: 
3
Kids will love this easy trek to a naturally-slippery creek near Seattle
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Features

Overview

When the weather is warm and sunny, there's no better place to take your kids hiking than Denny Creek. This short hike finishes at a section of the creek with huge slabs of granite that are perfect for slipping and sliding around on – and it's within an hour of Seattle!

From the very busy trailhead, follow the wide path north, crossing over Denny Creek on a bridge at just over a quarter-mile, and then passing beneath the westbound lanes of I-90 a short distance later. At 0.75 miles, enter the Alpine Lakes Wilderness area, and just a few hundred yards later the trail saddles up right next to Denny Creek, which you'll follow for the last quarter mile to the site of all the water-sliding activities.

At 1.25 miles and 2,700' elevation, drop down a short slope and join the party; you've arrived. The rocks aren't nearly as slippery as a waterslide, but keep a careful eye out on the kids as the combination of cold water, slick rocks, and small pools can be trouble waiting to happen.

Just beyond the slide area is a nice stair-step waterfall, Keekwulee Falls, and for those with older kids, there's more waterfalls and Melakwa Lake within a few miles if you're willing to work for it.

Permits & Tips

Northwest Forest Pass required. Toilet available at trailhead. Bring plenty of sun protection on sunny days, and pack a lunch – it's easy to pass the time at this idyllic setting. Come early on weekends as the parking lot fills up quickly. And, of course, keep a careful watch on those kids!

>>Google Directions

How to get there

Head east on I-90 to exit 47, Denny Creek/Asahel Curtis.
Turn left at the end of the ramp and cross back over the freeway to the T in the road.
Turn right (east) at the T, and drive 0.3 mile (back under the freeway) to clearly signed Denny Creek Road/SR 5800.
Turn left onto Denny Creek Road and drive for 2.3 miles (passing the campground on your left).
Turn left onto FS 5830 and drive 0.25 mile (past the Franklin Falls Trailhead) to the parking loop at the end of the road.