Melakwa Lake Hike

Took our cabin guests Juanita, Brendan, Iris and Hazel on our long trail. What started as a nice enough stroll in the woods turned into a wet, cold death march by the end. Super hiker kids made it all the way up to Melakwa Lake and back despite less than ideal weather conditions.
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img_5666 Still dry and warm at the first obstacle - the Denny Creek waterslide. The water level was still high enough to make the crossing interesting without making it...
Still dry and warm at the first obstacle - the Denny Creek waterslide. The water level was still high enough to make the crossing interesting without making it…
img_5668 While the humans make their way across Zilly has his own plan.
While the humans make their way across Zilly has his own plan.
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img_5674 Keekwulee Falls, a couple miles in from the trailhead, would have been a wise stopping point since the rain started for real at this point.
Keekwulee Falls, a couple miles in from the trailhead, would have been a wise stopping point since the rain started for real at this point.
img_5675 Looking back down the Denny Creek valley.
Looking back down the Denny Creek valley.
img_5677 First signs of rain on the camera lens. Kathryn looking far too happy.
First signs of rain on the camera lens. Kathryn looking far too happy.
img_5679 Iris and Zoe, not so wisely wearing a cotton sweatshirt (who are her parents?!) climbing.
Iris and Zoe, not so wisely wearing a cotton sweatshirt (who are her parents?!) climbing.
img_5680 Gavin and super-hiker Hazel picking their way up the trail with Zilly going the wrong way.
Gavin and super-hiker Hazel picking their way up the trail with Zilly going the wrong way.
img_5681 Gavin atop a
Gavin atop a "fall and you die" spot above the gorge that Denny Creek has carved. Across the gorge is a large accumlation of last winter's snow that looks like…
img_5685 Next crossing of Denny Creek was a bit trickier, but still doable with good shoes or an assist.
Next crossing of Denny Creek was a bit trickier, but still doable with good shoes or an assist.