Denny Creek Cabin #5
Denny Creek Cabin #5
The cabin is located near Snoqualmie Pass, a few miles off Exit 47. The Google map to the left is the best way to find your way to the cabin. (Note that it's in-between the east- and west-bound lanes of I-90!) Click on the cabin icon and you can even get driving directions from anywhere you want.
From I-90, take exit 47 ("Denny Creek / Asahel Curtis") and follow the signs for Denny Creek Campground.
That is, on the north side of the freeway, head east (right) and pass under the west-bound lanes of I-90. If it's a weekend, there will be TONS of cars here.
As of Winter 2017-2018, the county closes the road just off the freeway, but cabin owners are allowed to move the barriers and continue on as far as they can. This has been verified with Scott Ling of King County Roads, and with King County Sherrif's Office Deputy Ed Christian. One of the barricades does not have sandbags holding it down. Drag/rotate this out of the way enough to get your car past. (This assumes it's OK for you to drive from here; if there's much snow - or worse, ice - then that may not be a good idea.)
Continue for about 2 miles, and if there's much snow on the ground, you'll come to the place where the snow plow stops. Park somewhere legal, gear up, and continue down the road on foot, skis, or showshoes.
Soon after you start , you'll cross a bridge. About 1500 feet later, you'll pass the entrance to the campground, on your left, closed in winter. The road will continue past the campground, then curve left and downhill a little, then head right and uphill. Partway up this hill (100 feet?) you'll come to an intersection, with the left-hand turn labelled Franklin Falls and Melakwa Lake. There is a fancy new two-door outhouse here as of 2016. Turn left here - don't miss this turn or you'll keep going up to the pass, 3 miles further on!
In 200 feet you'll cross another bridge. The road will curve uphill and to the right; our cabin is the third one on your right, about 150 feet on. You can't go too far wrong - this road dead ends in a loop about 1/4 mile past the cabin, so if you miss it, just come on back! :)
If we're there, it will probably be the only cabin with smoke coming out of the chimney, and with a massive number of tracks in and out, so it shouldn't be hard to find. It's a red/brown A-frame, with a "#5" next to the door - although, with any luck, it'll all be buried under 10 feet of snow! :)