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Deer Creek Road - Kelcema Lake Snowshoe, Kelcema Lake — Feb 28, 2014 — will_hike_for_icecream
Day hike
Issues: Snow on trail
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We started off the hike at about 9am and made it easily up 3.5 miles on the logging road to the firs...
We started off the hike at about 9am and made it easily up 3.5 miles on the logging road to the first creek crossing. At this point the trail was less stomped in and we had to break trail for the last mile in about knee-deep snow. But it was a very sunny day, with warm temperatures up into the 50s, so we had a great time enjoying the views and Vitamin D.
At about 2.5 hours from the car, we made it to the second creek crossing and started looking for the final half mile long trail to the lake. Unfortunately there's no sign for the Kelcema Lake Trailhead, and it didn't look like anyone had walked through there since the last snow fall, so we muddled along the creek in deep snow. We stopped short of the lake because the snow was too deep and we were too tired, but we enjoyed a great picnic near the logging road and creek. Overall it was a great day to be up in the mountains, even though we didn't make it to the lake. Hopefully more people are able to use the tracks that we set before it snows again. Backcountry skiing might also be a possibility on the logging road now, but it would be difficult in the deep snow in the last half mile to the lake.

One BIG word of WARNING though: our car was broken into in the parking lot, and a backpack with some books was stolen. This ruined our otherwise gorgeous day of snowshoeing, and we felt so dumb for leaving anything in the car!
So, obviously don't leave a single thing in your car and try to snowshoe on a day when there are a few more people there. It was great having the place to ourselves, but not great having to clean all the glass out of our car tonight. I was also pretty ticked off that they smashed the window with my WTA sticker on it! That was so rude, but trailhead break-ins will NOT keep me from hiking!!
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Kelcema Lake, Deer Creek Road - Kelcema Lake Snowshoe — Feb 01, 2014 — Eric Jain
Snowshoe/XC Ski
Issues: Snow on trail | Road to trailhead inaccessible
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Reached the turn-off to the Deer Creek Rd at 10am, and was able to drive up the road for more than a...
Reached the turn-off to the Deer Creek Rd at 10am, and was able to drive up the road for more than a mile before hitting snow. Might have been able to drive another mile or so with a car that has more clearance.

Snowshoed up the road to the summer trailhead, and followed the trail (more or less) to the lake.

Saw no one (and no tracks) on the way up, and just three parties on the way down.

Photos: http://picasaweb.google.com/[…]/KelcemaLakeFebruary2014
Tracklog: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/439079719
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Kelcema Lake — Jul 09, 2013 — denisfranco232
Day hike
Issues: Bugs
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After driving up for about ten minutes or so, we found the roundabout and got our gear to go explori...
After driving up for about ten minutes or so, we found the roundabout and got our gear to go exploring. We saw on the map that there was a lake, but it surpassed all of our expectations!

The drive up was a bit rocky, but most cars (unless you have a really lowered one) will make it up just fine with careful driving. The trail to the lake was a little muddy and there was still some snow on the ground, but these were easy to navigate around and actually made the hike a nice little challenge.

When we got to lake, it was surreal --- sparkling, clear, beautiful blue sky all around. It really was breathtaking; we walked almost all the way around and took in the scenery. We saw no wildlife and didn't run into anyone until we left, about an hour and a half later.

This is probably one of the best summer hikes I've ever done. It's very calm and serene, a great spot to get away and just take in the beauty of nature around you. Highly recommend!
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Kelcema Lake — Mar 04, 2013 — Albers Guy
Day hike
Issues: Snow on trail
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Great day for a snowshoe hike in the snow! Arrived at the trailhead at around 9:30 and made it to th...
Great day for a snowshoe hike in the snow! Arrived at the trailhead at around 9:30 and made it to the lake close to noon. I used snowshoes but Jo seemed just fine without them (as long as she stayed on the beaten snowshoe path). Not much wildlife around, just blue sky, brilliant shimmering snow, and beautiful scenery. Departed the lake at 12:30 and got back to the trailhead at 2:00!
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Kelcema Lake — Mar 03, 2012 — thebrink
Snowshoe/XC Ski
Issues: Snow on trail
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This was not the best conditions for snowshoeing as it rained the whole time and the snow was wet an...
This was not the best conditions for snowshoeing as it rained the whole time and the snow was wet and heavy and we had to break trail through about a foot of it going up. Just the same, we all enjoyed being out and up in the mountains.

We began the hike on FR 4052 off the Mountain Loop Hwy. After going for about an hour we decided to set a turnaround time as the progress we were making through deep wet snow was slow. We stopped for lunch at a little over two miles and then headed back down.

Even though there was little to see due to the fog and clouds we did have an interesting experience when we heard an avalance that went on continuously for several minutes. We found out later when we stopped at the Verlot Ranger Station that the avalanche had been at Big Four.
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Kelcema Lake (#718)
North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway
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