Kelcema Lake

Granite Falls, Washington 98252

Kelcema Lake

Kelcema Lake Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Kelcema Lake Reviews

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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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Trail Information

Granite Falls
Nearby City
1,600 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
6 hours
January through February
Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Darrington Ranger District
Local Contacts
Green Trails: Silverton No. 110
Local Maps

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Jul 2018