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Snowshoe Deer Creek Road to Kelcema Lake

  • Mar 23, 2014 · 8:30 AM
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Challenge Level: Moderately Strenuous to Strenuous - planning to go up to 10 miles roundtrip and 2000 gain - means being on the move for 4-5 hours

Trail Details:  It's possible there won't be much snow at the bottom of the road so plan on carrying snowshoes a bit.  I read that the Deer Creek Gate on the Mtn Loop is now open so that means the highway is free of snow.  We can park at the beginning of the road as the usual route is 10 miles roundtrip and about 2000 gain.  I have done this one once before.  It was all snowed in at that time and just lovely.

Weather Forecast:  mostly sunny with little chance for rain or snow showers with snow level at 3500 feet; freezing level 2000 feet but rising to 3500 as the day progresses (March 22)

Bring:  lunch, drinks, money for carpool drivers and in case we want to stop for dinner on the way home, snowshoes and poles (trekking or ski poles both work)

Clothing:  NO JEANS OR COTTON!  Please have moisture wicking/waterproof layers and extra clothing for when we stop for lunch - cools down quickly.  Usually waterproof hiking boots are good for this type of activity.

Dogs ok only IF you are sure they can make it the whole trip and if they have predictable behavior - as in don't bite or steal food etc.

***Please comment if you are willing to be a driver, have a Forest Service/DNR pass . . .**

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  • Lee J.

    Have fun following the track we laid down on Friday. We stopped about a half mile short of the Kelcema Lake turnoff (just a guess), as we were tromping through a foot-plus of virgin powder at that point, and the going was hard. But it was beautiful out there. :)

    March 23, 2014

    • Kari

      Probably was at least a mile from the lake, but we appreciated what you did.

      March 23, 2014

    • Lee J.

      thanks for showing me the rest of the trip!

      March 23, 2014

  • Rob

    I posted a topo map of the hike in my dropbox at the following address if anyone needs. I can also email it to you if you want.

    C:\Users\Rob\Dropbox\Kelcema%20Lake%20Topo%20Map.pdf

    1 · March 22, 2014

    • Charles

      Rob can you repost : the link is to your local hard drive

      March 22, 2014

  • Kurt

    sorry but had some work stuff come up..

    March 21, 2014

  • Rob

    Anyone driving North from Seattle that could pick me up along the way? I live near 140th and Sunnyside but can meet you at 145th and I-5. Let me know, thanks.

    March 18, 2014

    • Charles

      There is only room for you in shorts and a T-shirt. No gear! (just kidding) of course, bring your gear.

      March 19, 2014

    • Rob

      Sorry, disregard the message I sent you, I forgot that the meetup was Sunday. Anyway, how about 7:45 along the 145th st exit off I-5, Sunday morning (give or take a few minutes)?

      March 21, 2014

  • David N

    I'm getting tired of having to do this but do to circumstances beyond my control I am now on call of the weekeknd and will not be able to go :(. Have fun everyone.

    March 21, 2014

  • Charles

    I can drive. Small car -- three passengers max plus driver.
    I have state and forest service passes. No sno-park pass. (If we need a daily sno-park pass, would want to split cost)
    No dog

    Chee-Wei: I can pick you up.

    1 · March 18, 2014

  • Kari

    Please note: I changed the meetup location since there is much more parking available at the park and ride rather than at my house. We try to consolidate into as few cars as possible. We will need to have several drivers. Please indicate: you can drive, how many people, you have a pass or not, you will take dogs or not.

    March 13, 2014

  • Rob

    Kelcema lake looks like a good showshoe hike 10 miles rt, 1600' gain, mostly along a fs road though:
    http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/kelcema-lake-snowshoe

    March 2, 2014

  • Kari

    Anyone willing to be point if we have to split into two groups?

    March 2, 2014

  • Kari

    Closing to new RSVPs due to the amount of people on the list. I will update the info about a week out from this event.

    March 2, 2014

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