Rachel, Rampart & Lila Lakes


Day Hike - Rachel, Rampart & Lila Lakes

This is a challenging but rewarding hike to beautiful lakes in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.

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  • Sat, Aug 15, 2015
  • Seattle Hiking Committee
  • Day Hiking
  • Singles, 20-30 Somethings, Retired Rovers, Adults
  • Moderate, Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 12.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,100 ft

Meet at 7:00 AM @ south side ground level of the Issaquah Transit Center, 1050 17th Ave NW, Issaquah, WA 98027

Forest, waterfalls, cliffs, lakes - oh my! The hike to Rachel and Lila Lakes shows off why the Alpine Lakes Wilderness is truly a gem of the Washington Cascades.

While the total distance and elevation gain suggests a moderate hike, the infamous Rachel Lake "mile from hell" is truly grueling and inappropriate for those who are not in athletic condition. In one mile, a heavily rooted and rough boot path ascends 1,300 ft. This portion is more like a scramble than a hike, and boots are a must.

The leader (me!) is a shortie with a standard slow/moderate hiking pace. On level ground with good dry tread, expect a pace around 2.5 mph. Pace slows with each of these factors: challenging tread, degree of elevation gain, warm temperatures, inclement weather, party members needing assistance. 

Feel free to contact me with any questions!


Rachel, Rampart & Lila Lakes

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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