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Lake Kelcema Snowshoe

North Cascades > Mountain Loop Highway
48.0849, -121.5523 Map & Directions
Length
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
1600 feet
Highest Point
3182 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Moderate/Hard
Snow-covered Lake Kelcema. Photo by gofastdan Full-size image
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Lakes

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None

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. Continue reading

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Hiking Lake Kelcema Snowshoe

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.

Hike Description Written by
Joan Burton, WTA Community

Lake Kelcema Snowshoe

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 48.0849, -121.5523 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None

WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

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.

More Hike Details

Trailhead

North Cascades > Mountain Loop Highway

Kelcema Lake (#718)

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Darrington Ranger District

Guidebooks & Maps

Snowshoe Routes: Washington (Nelson - Mountaineers Books)

Green Trails: Silverton No. 110

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