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Rachel and Rampart Lakes Trail is a 8.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Cle Elum, Washington that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 8.6 mi Elevation gain 2,575 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Backpacking

Camping

Hiking

Nature trips

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Lake

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Muddy

Rocky

Snow

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Getting There

Federal Northwest Forest Pass

Wenatchee National Forest Cle Elum District Tel: 509.674.4411 www.fs.fed.us/r6/wenatchee

From Seattle, E on I-90 to exit 62. Left onto Kachess Lake Rd for 5.5 miles. Right on FSR 4930 for 3.5 miles to trailhead at end of road.

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wu yi
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Too many bugs

Ceci Olivos
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HikingBugsGreat!Rocky

Great hike. FYI- It is close to 10 miles round trip if you make it to Rampart Lakes. Worth the extra 3/4 of mile to Rampart- you get great views of Rachel and beautiful lakes at the top.

Parker Russell
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Christina Gibbs
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BackpackingBugsRockyWashed out

My garmin mapped ~4.5mi to Rachel Lake. We saw lots of people along the way. Started about 8:30a and all parking spots were full so we had to park on the side of the road. Well worn trail with a few dead ends of others taking wrong turns. It’s almost entirely in the shade Lots of little water crossings on the way too. We got to Rachel around 2.5hrs later to set up camp (Very Crowded) and then day packed to Rampart where we checked out the lakes, jumped off some cliffs and saw 1 mountain goat. Lots of campers set up there as well. What you read online of the trail was about right for us plus lots and lots of mosquitoes! Also most everyone was wearing masks. Also the road getting out there is very rough

Kirsten E.
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Katy Peaslee
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Matt Epstein
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Sara Redler
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Julie Christman
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There is an amazing award at the top of this trail. Along the way it is fairly easy in the beginning crossing streams with a few groves of stinging nettle and a lot of Devil’s Club, so be careful. Once you hit the 2+ mile part you’ll face some challenging terrain of rocks and roots all the way to the lake. Rachel is spectacular, but taking the steep hike up to Rampart is the bigger treat. The entire area is somewhat flat up by Rampart with tons of lakes, a view of Alta and Hibox. The descend was a little challenging with the roots, rocks and blown out trails covered in water. My knees were happy to get to the bottom. Although the terrain is mentally challenging with watching every step, this is now my favorite hike and I plan to go back next week to camp.

Taylor Larsen
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HikingBugsMuddyRockySnow

Wow, this trail had a little bit of everything! First 2+ miles was fairly easy but then the elevation hits. The elevation isn’t bad in terms of PNW elevation but the trail is rooty, rocky and hard to follow, making the elevation icing on the cake. The trail in lots of places is just the creek so lots of water crossings and muddy in spots. A few snow crossings. The views are awesome and the lakes are great! Rachel Lake is pretty but Rampart Lakes is the showstopper so definitely go there! The rocks and roots were tough on the ascent but on the decline was a killer. I’m short so a few of the drops were hard on the toes & knees. Take your time! Get there early. I was there at 8 and had to park on the side of the road, by the time I left, the cars were way down the road. The road is rough.

Gary Moore
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HikingRocky

Went up last Sunday and spent the night at Rampart. Only ones there after all the day hikers left. Froze over night, saw quite a few goats Monday morning. We walked way around to the west of the Ramparts and found a good tent site. Trail sucks in places, old rocky creek bed, helped some lost hikers that were hollering in the brush, off the ‘trail’ there. Steep and rocky up there but made it just fine.

Kylie Whipple
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Nelson Brownell
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