CHS 2 Hike - Rachel, Rampart & Lila Lakes

Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series

CHS 2 Hike - Rachel, Rampart & Lila Lakes

This hike is to Lila and Rampart Lakes with a short scramble up Alta Mountain. CHS hike led at a CHS 2 pace (2.0-3.0 mph)

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  • Moderate, Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 14.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,300 ft
  • Pace: 2.0-3.0 mph

We will meet at the Tibbetts Valley Park & Ride at 6:00 am, consolidate hikers into carpools and depart for the trailhead no later than 6:10. To get to the P&R, take exit 15 (WA-900 W/17th Avenue NW) off I-90 eastbound.  Take a right at the bottom of the ramp. Drive approximately ½ mile and turn left on Newport Way NW.  Take the first right into the Tibbetts Valley Park & Ride. (Not the multi-level parking garage on your left.)  Drive past the Skate park. We will meet at the far end of the parking lot.

Directions to Trailhead

From I-90 East, take exit 62. Take a left and head over the highway. At 5.2 miles, the road veers left, passing Lake Kachess Campground. Go another 0.3 miles, now on gravel, and take a right at a sign for Rachel Lake/Trail 1313. At this point, the road gets a little rough. Continue following signs to Rachel Lake/Trail 1313, turning left at a gated intersection. 3.8 miles from the campground, take a left into a pair of one-way parking lots. Check the lower lot first; there are likely to be spaces available when the upper lot is over-full. There is space for 30 cars in the upper lot, and at least another 20 cars in the lower lot. Northwest Forest Pass Required.


Join us for a climb up Alta Mountain via the Rachel Lakes Trail, which starts near Lake Kachess. We hope to be on the trail early, as this climb could be hot as the day progresses. We will start off on the Rachel Lake Trail and stop for a snack at Rachel Lake before climbing steeply up Rampart Ridge and then Alta Mountain where we will hopefully get a stunning view of the surrounding Alpine Lakes Wilderness. After the climb, we will explore two lake basins on Rampart Ridge – first Lila Lakes and then Rampart Lakes, a beautiful collection of various size lakes and streams.We will then head down the way we came and stop for a bite to eat in North Bend on our return.



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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