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Rachel Lake Trail is a 7.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Snoqualmie Pass, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 7.1 miles Elevation Gain: 1,942 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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3 days ago

This trail was challenging but worth it! It’s not for beginners and having appropriate gear is important. Also, the trail was closer to 9-10 miles. It can be easy to lose the trail, I’d recommend having the map available. You do walk through a handful for rivers/ streams so waterfront boots and gaiters is helpful! The trial is pretty rugged at times with rocks, branches, and logs to climb over. I’d recommend poles too. The last 0.5 mile still some snow but manageable with our micro spikes if you are careful.

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10 days ago

Driving up to the trailhead can be a little rough if you’re driving a sedan or a coupe (like we were). It’s essentially 3 miles of dirt road, with some decent sized potholes. The parking lot itself was relatively empty as we arrived at 2pm. First mile, as most reviewers mentioned, definitely gets your heart rate up, but the first 2 miles is pretty open and spacious, mostly flat. Around mile 2.5, we came across heavy water flow as a result of melting snow. Make sure you have waterproof shoes. Last mile can be tricky because of lack of signs or direction where the trail is headed. Either use best judgement or like we did, use the map on all trials to make sure we are on track. Lookout for stacked rocks as pointers. Last 3/4 of a mile was all snow but we were fine with no spikes or poles. The lake was beautiful and not heavily trafficked that day. Oh by the way - saw a small cub sprinting by us on the way down! Scary moment LOL Enjoy!

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10 days ago

The trail is Longer than 8.2 miles and it’s entirely walking in creeks or some water bodies so waterproof boots are really needed poles do help. Be prepared for a hard one. this is not a first time hiker paradise. this is for experienced hikers. please be prepared. hiking on a sunny day offers better views and an awesome lake view. hiking after end of july would make this hike a pleasant one and would help your avoid some around the end of the hike(1/2 mile to the lake).

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15 days ago

The first 2.6 miles are gentle and easy to follow. After a large creek crossing, the climb begins. The trail is hard to find at parts, and after a few wrong turns we realized we had to hike up the stream - wear waterproof shoes! The last half mile is covered in snow and quite slippery (but fun to slide on the way back down). Well worth it at the end.

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17 days ago

First 2.5 miles are the easiest! Just a walk with minimal elevation gain but right after that it goes straight up. Multiple creek/river crossings, Water running down the trial like a river so bring good shoes! Last half mile is all snow. Overall a good challenging hike.

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17 days ago

Hiked on a Friday morning in clear conditions. Saw very few people on the way up, but many on the way down. The trail to the 3 mile mark is easy and well maintained, with several stream crossings that have the potential to get your feet wet. After a large creek crossing the trail turns upward all the way to Rachel Lake, prepare to climb some steep grades, occasionally grabbing roots and rocks to aid in your ascent. In late June much of the trail becomes a stream due to all the melting snow, past the 3.5 mile mark expect to get your feet wet. The last half mile to the lake was covered in old patchy snow that caused me to lose the trail on many occasions. In order to reach the lake this time of year GPS and poles are highly recommended. The final view of the lake is stunning and well worth the adventure. This hike offers just about everything you could want, from forests and meadows to waterfalls and stunning views, all culminating in a secluded alpine lake. Highly recommend, however if you're looking for a completely snow free hike wait until after July 4th.

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