CHS 1 Hike

Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series

CHS 1 Hike - Rachel, Rampart & Lila Lakes

This hike is to Rachel Lake only! CHS hike led at a CHS 1 pace (1.75-2.25 mph)

  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 8.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,600 ft

Meeting time and place: 8 AM @ Issaquah Transit Center, 1050 17th Ave NW, Issaquah. Look out for the silver Impreza hatchback with the trunk open.

IMPORTANT NOTE -- This hike goes as follows: Mostly flat/gentle gain for most of the trip and then 1,200 ft gain in one mile (affectionately referred to as "The Mile from Hell") on a boot path that is heavily rooted and often covered by water. We will obviously not be going at a moderate pace during this section, and some folks may find the steep elevation gain/descent a bigger stretch than they hoped for.


Rachel, Rampart & Lila Lakes

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Ten Essential Systems

  1. Navigation (map & compass)
  2. Sun protection (sunglasses & sunscreen)
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
  5. First-aid supplies
  6. Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candle)
  7. Repair kit and tools
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter (tent/plastic tube tent/garbage bag)
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