Snowshoe Routes: Washington
by Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)
© 2015 Dan A. Nelson/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.
Nice easy and enjoyable snowshoe (see limited driving directions below). Good snow conditions today. Easy ascent along Deer Creek through second-growth forest. Assuming there is sufficient snow, you'll have no idea you are on a road (#4052). Due to one major avalanche (up 3 miles) we only made it this far. Trail was pretty well blocked. So, we never made it too Kelcema Lake. But the snowshoe up was a good casual group event. The farther we went, the narrower the trail. Great deep snow levels, nice scenic shots of surrounding peaks: Bald Mtn, Longs Mtn and other basins. These were dramatic peaks. Couple night photo opps too. No snowmobiles made it peaceful. DIRECTIONS: Located 12 miles east of Granite Falls along the Mountain Loop Highway. Park in large Sno-Park area (or along road, depending on snowfall conditions). Look for Deer Creek Road (Forest Service Road #4052). This road is located near eastern edge of the parking area. However, most likely, just look for the hoards of kids/families sledding!
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