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Lake Kelcema Snowshoe

North Cascades


North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway
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10.0 miles, roundtrip


Gain: 1600 ft.
Highest Point: 3182 ft.


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For a more strenuous snowshoe, head out to Deer Creek and the Lake Kelcema trail. From the parking area, the route proceeds up Deer Creek Road (Road 4052). Watch out for tubers and sledders on the lower portion.

Your path steadily gains in elevation, while views are mostly forested. A few "windows" through the trees offer peeks of Bald Mountain along the surrounding forest transitioning from second growth to old growth.

Cast a glance behind you for a panorama of Big Four Mountain and Sperry, Vesper, and Little Chief Peaks. Leave the road at the 4.5 mile mark and snowshoe up the creek for the last half mile; look for trail markers.

During heavier winters there can be many downed trees along this part of the trail. Arriving at the frozen lakeshore, Bald Mountain looms above, with Devils Peak visible to the east.


Lake Kelcema Snowshoe

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 48.0849, -121.5523 Open map in new window


North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

Kelcema Lake (#718)

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Darrington Ranger District

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Guidebooks & Maps

Snowshoe Routes: Washington (Nelson - Mountaineers Books)

Green Trails: Silverton No. 110

Getting There

From Granite Falls drive east on the Mountain Loop Highway about 12 miles past the Verlot Public Service Center to the end of the plowed road. Park in the cleared pullout area on the north side of the highway.

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