Kelcema Lake Trail

EASY 18 reviews

Kelcema Lake Trail is a 0.8 mile out and back trail located near Granite Falls, Washington that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 0.8 miles Elevation Gain: 85 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly




10-26-2019 - The road is now open but it is not good for small cars still. There is still lots of loose gravel and easy to get stuck.

bridge out
off trail
washed out
2 months ago

We did this hike today the road is open all the way up to the trailhead. Now with that said if you do not like driving in tight places around large objects in the road DO NOT GO! The wash out is clear but there is still some stuff in the road. Now I made it in my full size truck but I did go off the road a bit. This is a wonderful hide, the lake a great and there looked like there is some good camping spots as well! I am already planing another trip out there!

8 months ago

As everyone else writes, there are several places where the road was destroyed and you cannot drive past the road slides. I knew this going in, and had a fantastic time with my brother and sister, because we got to enjoy the Serene lake alone. The trail itself is fairly easy, save the washed away points along the road. A significant portion of the road is uphill but the Kelcema trail itself is fairly flat. There are many bugs and hornets on the trail and on the road and they were very bothersome to have buzzing around. Once you get to the trailhead, they seem to go away. It's almost like the lake doesn't want you to hike it! But oh boy is it worth it.

11 months ago

Did this trail this morning, 30 degrees and sunny. As described by everyone else the deer creek road is gone about two miles off mountain loop hwy. The lower gate was open today so you can drive the two miles. The hike up to the trailhead is a road, nice walking. Today most of the road and all of the trail out to the lake was packed snow, no snowshoes needed.

Wed Oct 31 2018

Deer creek road is closed about two miles in. You can drive to where it is closed, park, then walk from there. Or you can just park at the bottom and walk the whole way. It is about 9 miles round trip if you park at the bottom and hike to Kelcema lake. It's an easy - moderate hike. Decently groomed gravel road with a few wash outs. It is a slight incline on the way up, but pretty mild. Also, there was a decent amount of water on the road, so bring waterproof shoes or practice jumping across rocks.

Thu Aug 23 2018

The road is still gone about 2.2 miles out from the actual hike. It’s a nice hike with a few blow outs in the road so plan for a lot longer than what it says.

Mon May 28 2018

there is no way for the car drive all the way to the lake because the rod its been wash three deferent spot and look scary the lake was full in snow but its worth it

Sun Jun 11 2017

tried getting to Kelcema today, 6.10.17, but a mile from the trailhead a mud/rock/tree slide completely blocked the road. I don't even know if a tank could get through, looks like its been there at least a year, wish they left a sign at the main road for visitors

Sat Jul 02 2016

Road washed out

Mon Nov 30 2015

Hello, Yesterday my family went up Deer creek to go to Kelcema lake trail. However about a mile and a half in the road started to get very rough. Good chunks of the road are torn apart. We have a 4wheel drive lifted jeep so it wasn't any issue however, a little further up the whole road has been washed out. Looks like a huge mudslide. It looks like some have tried to go up and make a path over it but there is a rock in the middle of the way. We didn't get out and walk to see if the road got any better or worse but it is definitely not usable.

Sun Aug 16 2015

Great easy hile for the kiddos, puppies, and us old timers! Beautiful and warm little lake! Saw some kids fishing! The con, the four mile trek up gravel road. Althougth well maintain, just didnt seem worth the drive for such a short hike.

Wed Jun 13 2012

This is an easy hike and great for family outings. In late August, early September, lake is surrounded by ripe wild blueberries that are wonderful tasting! Husband and I went here during our honeymoon, picked bluberries and made a pie. Sub-Alpine lake is clear and cold and makes a great place to swim on hot summer days.

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