Talk about a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow! Denny Creek Trail in Washington has a lot of highlights along the way, but the best is the natural waterslide at Keekwulee Falls. At the bottom of the slide sits a pool of water, perfect for taking a swim on a hot day.
If you can't decide whether you want to spend your afternoon hiking or swimming, this spot is a "two birds with one stone" situation.
Located near Snoqualmie Pass, the beginning of the trailhead is just over an hour outside of Seattle.
According to the Washington Trails Association, the entire Denny Creek Trail is about 6-miles round trip. Still, if your final destination is the waterslides, you only have to head in a little over a mile.
The natural waterslide is a length of rock that is entirely soft after years of being eroded by water flow.
The trail is open year-round, child and dog friendly, the park just asks you to keep your pup on a leash.
To park, hike, and stay, you will need to purchase a pass for $5, according to the trailhead's website.
If you decide to hike the entire 6-miles, it isn't too challenging, especially if your final destination is the waterslide.
Not to mention the views of Keekwulee Falls and the quintessential Pacific Northwest wonderland with forest canopies make this a picture-perfect spot to explore.
Keekwulee Falls and Denny Creek are a "heavily trafficked" trail, so maybe think about heading earlier in the morning to beat the crowds.
In the summer months, this PNW gem has tons of picnic and camping sites. Why not make a weekend getaway out of it?
Grab those hiking boots, bathing suits, and hit the trail!
Denny Creek Trail
Length: 6-miles roundtrip
Location: North Bend, WA
Why You Need To Go: Beautiful views and a natural waterslide, makes this an easy hike with views!
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