Kelcema Lake

Granite Falls, Washington

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This route climbs steadily, but at a gentle enough rate that snowshoers of all abilities will enjoy this outing. The route offers beautiful old forests to explore, open clearcut meadows to play in, and high, craggy ridges and peaks to admire. To the east, Mallardy Ridge lines the sky. To the north, Boardman Creek leads down into the Stillaguamish Valley, and beyond that are the high peaks of Three Fingers, Big Bear Mountain, and Liberty Mountain. To the south, Bald Mountain rises over the lake basin. Good campsites are located along the eastern shore of the lake for those planning to stay. Spending the night gives you several hours in this beautiful area after all the hotshot snowmobilers and speedy skiers are headed for home.
Snowshoe Routes: Washington

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Snowshoe Routes: Washington

by Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)

This route climbs steadily, but at a gentle enough rate that snowshoers of all abilities will enjoy this outing. The route offers beautiful old forests to explore, open clearcut meadows to play in, and high, craggy ridges and peaks to admire.

To the east, Mallardy Ridge lines the sky. To the north, Boardman Creek leads down into the Stillaguamish Valley, and beyond that are the high peaks of Three Fingers, Big Bear Mountain, and Liberty Mountain. To the south, Bald Mountain rises over the lake basin. Good campsites are located along the eastern shore of the lake for those planning to stay. Spending the night gives you several hours in this beautiful
area after all the hotshot snowmobilers and speedy skiers are headed for home.

© 2015 Dan A. Nelson/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing
Nearby City: Granite Falls
Distance: 10
Elevation Gain: 1,600 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 6 hours
Season: January through February
Local Contacts: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Darrington Ranger District
Local Maps: Green Trails: Silverton No. 110
Driving Directions: Directions to Kelcema Lake

Recent Trail Reviews

1/26/2002
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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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