Rachel Lake Trail is a great hike with lake and mountain views. You'll find stunning views of the mountains, lakes, and might even spot some goats. Many people camp at Rachel Lake, but keep on going up to Rampart Lakes. Rampart has much less light pollution and more open sky, you can take in the sunset, the stars, and the sunrise. There's one waterfall on the way up—stop here for a snack break. The autumn foliage along this hike is amazing, so make sure to come in the fall. 11 miles roundtrip with 2200' elevation gain.

Getting There:

From I-90 East, take exit 62. Take a left, heading over the highway. After 5.2 miles, the road veers left, passing Lake Kachess Campground. Go another 0.3 miles on the gravel road and take a right at a sign for Rachel Lake/Trail 1313. At this point, the road gets a little rough, but continue to follow 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 full. There is space for 30 cars in the upper lot, and at least another 20 cars in the lower lot.

The Trail:

With very little elevation gain, the first three miles of the trail are the easiest; the next mile up to Rachael Lake is great work out. After reaching Rachael Lake, look for the sign that says "trail" to find your way to Rampart Lakes. While there are many side trails that turn out to be dead ends, they'll lead you to amazing views.

When you get to the ridge, you’ll see a trail off to your right, and, a few feet later, a sign marking that trail. The trail to the right heads to Lila Lake and Alta Mountain; the trail to the left leads you to your destination, Rampart Lakes.

Following the main trail, you’ll encounter lots of berries, several lakes, a signed backcountry privy, and eventually the two largest lakes. You’ll probably also find plenty of people swimming, camping, and enjoying picnic lunches.

Pack List

  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Three pairs of clothes
  • Two pairs of shoes
  • Bear hang
  • Water filter system
  • Jet fuel for cooking
  • Food for snacks, dinner, and breakfast
  • Coffee
  • Camera
  • Tripod
  • Towels
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RT Distance 11 Miles
Elevation Gain 2200 Feet
Activities Camping, Fishing, Photography, Running, Swimming, Backpacking, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Family Friendly
Forest
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildlife

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Great Hike!

One of my favorites since I was a kid. Have many great memories hiking, fishing, swimming. Also accessed relatively easily through the Lake Lillian back door route. Rampart Lakes along with Lila lake and Alta Mountain show spectacular colors in the fall.


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