Explore the most popular dogs on leash trails near Easton with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
2 days ago

We made an overnight trip out of the trek and glad we did. The final mile uphill is pretty steep with a number of waist-high step ups. It was quite a climb wearing overnight packs. There were less than a dozen campers for a Saturday night in July and we located an amazing spot to shelter for the night. So the mosquitos, OMG the mosquitos! You must remain in constant motion or you'll have the woodland insects whispering the secrets of the forest in your ears. I cannot emphasize enough to bring powerful repellant or you'll be hanging out in your tent ⛺! At times inching downhill the next day makes an extremely sore following day. At times you're scaling up rocks. Another time we were throwing our bodies and packs over a fallen tree. It's an adventure!

Views along this includes beautiful waterfalls, mountains ranges, river, creeks, and a beautiful view of the lake at the end. A variety of terrain includes flat & bushy, wide and flat, climbing uphill using the embedded rocks for stairs to climb up, and walking through & over large tree roots
Definitely worth it. The total out and back for us took 5 /12 hours with a few breaks on the way up.

hiking
13 days ago

This is one of my favorite hikes of all time. You’ll never want to leave the top (unless of course you forgot bug spray). Such a beautiful, peaceful, lake at the top. We took floaties and got into the lake for a bit !

hiking
20 days ago

We loved this hike so much that we came back and stayed overnight the very next week. As others have said, the last bit is really steep. We found it to be easier than other steep hikes because you are continually thinking about what your next step is, crossing small streams, passing waterfalls, etc. The lake is absolutely stunning. Make sure you take a dip before hiking back down! LOTS of bugs that seem to come and go throughout the day, wear long pants and long sleeves if you can. Bug spray is a must.

A lot of bugs, we are being eaten alive by mosquitoes!

hiking
21 days ago

Really liked this hike! Not too hard for most people and the lake was great! The bugs were awful so bug-spray is a must but swimming in the lake was so refreshing and a good way to get away from them.

Great trail with few encounters with other people. The people I did run into were super nice. It’s a climb upward - the first half mile or so is on a logging road, so not very scenic. Once on the actual trail, it’s mostly shady with several nice views looking west over the reservoir. Quick, steep drop into the basin - the lake was beautiful and there were peeps swimming and enjoying the water but I hightailed outta there after about 25 seconds because the bugs were intolerable.

Finding the parking area and then trailhead is tricky and the roads are not well marked. Once in the parking lot, hang a left up the logging road and walk a half mile, keeping an eye out for the trail marker. Good luck!

Loved this hike! We went on Friday morning, got there around 9:00am and there was only maybe 8 cars in the parking lot. I definitely recommend downloading the map as we went off trail a few times and thank goodness I had the map downloaded and was able to get back to the trail. No service on your cell phone (best part! Well unless you’re lost).
We got to the lake by 12:00pm, hung out for an hour and started our descent down at 1:00, and got back to the car by 2:50. Roughly 5 hours. Our GPS said 9 miles though

hiking
27 days ago

We weren't able to finish the hike to the top due to foliage and trees down on the trail, disappointed we didn't get to see the views from the top but enjoyed the portion we were able to do

hiking
28 days ago

The views were beautiful. Good advice in the reviews below about staying to the left when in doubt of which way the trail goes. There is water all along the way. Pesky flies too. We didn’t continue to Rampart Lakes but will return. Hiking poles were great to have on this hike due to rocky paths and tall steps.

hiking
28 days ago

I rated this five stars for the hike, but would give it one star for the bugs.

We did this hike on 7/15. The first portion of it was super easy and relaxing—you walk through forests with beautiful tree canopies, past some streams and through a few fields. Then in the last mile or so, you begin to climb. It’s pretty steep, and the path is moderately well-maintained. There are some great views here, so if you need to take a break, you’ll definitely get some good pics out of it.

As we headed up, we encountered many people on their way down who were complaining about the mosquitoes. Our group laughed and told ourselves they were probably being dramatic. But as we neared the top, we realized they weren’t exaggerating at all. These were the worst mosquitoes I’ve ever encountered in my life. The air was literally swarming with them—at one point, I looked down at my leg and saw at least six of them on me. They were the worst at the lake, and unfortunately this put a damper on what normally would have been an awesome reward at the end of a fulfilling hike (the lake was gorgeous). One member of our party followed the trail around the lake a bit and claims the mosquitoes weren’t as bad over there, so maybe try that. I would recommend gallons of bug spray and as much protective clothing as possible. Or you could always just wait and do this hike when there aren’t as many mosquitoes (if that’s a possibility). All in all, I walked away with at least 40 mosquito bites, a suspicious-looking spider bite and a lot of beautiful pictures taken in a hurry.

Beautiful hike with great views of Lake Kachess!

hiking
1 month ago

This is an up and down. We did not do the boot cut route. The hike was good up to the sign splitting to 1313.3 to the beacon. The route to the beacon was full of logs blocking the trail. The view from the top was quite pretty.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike! Lots of beautiful water features. The trail is a bit overgrown and they definitely need to add some signs as we got lost multiple times. We found that always heading left kept us on the trail. The lake is beautiful and well worth the difficult last mile.

backpacking
1 month ago

A group of 4 of us did this as an overnight backpacking trip yesterday/today. So much fun! Fill out a quick tag near the post at the front of the trailhead to hang on your backpack (it helps them document numbers to apply for granting, etc but doesn’t cost anything). Beautiful views and it does change scenery throughout! Lots of roots and huge step ups. I’ve done many more hikes with 3000+ elevation gain but somehow this one seemed a bit tougher! I attribute it to the huge step ups/downs that are a little tougher on your body. It was definitely a bit more technical, which lives up to it’s difficult rating (lots of cool stream crossings, balance, rough terrain, climbing through a stream, trail finding a bit). Rachel lake was beautiful! Bring bug spray, mostly near the lake. Be aware, there are no campfires allowed near the lake (1/2 mike away actually) and none above 5000 feet. That was a bit of a bummer and it got cold overnight!! I would have loved to get to Rampart or Box Canyon or Lila or Alta Peak but another time!

1 month ago

Nice view from the top. Don’t let the first section fool you, the last mile is a challenge. Bring some lunch.

hiking
1 month ago

I would call this more of an up and down, than an out & back! Time constraint only allowed us 2 hrs. The 1st hour we went up. The return was all down. It’s a really nice, well-traveled trail that we shared with several hikers & mountain bikers. Tons of mosquitos!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike but the trail has been washed away by a lot of water and mud. Several hikers and I got lost a few times because the trail is overgrown and there aren't enough signs pointing in the right direction.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice hike and great place to take a dip along the way to cool off.

backpacking
1 month ago

Did an overnight trek with my dog and got back yesterday. Incredible views! The lake has a few spots that are dry so camping is doable and the cooler temperatures from the snow melt helped keep the bugs from being out of control. Snow free mostly but once you hit the first scramble section there’s a good 3-5 feet of packed snow the rest of the way up. We ran into 6 other groups of lost hikers at this part and I was the only one to get up top. Snow is melting quickly and streams are rushing so be careful of smaller dogs and make sure you have extra socks (you will get wet). I Intended to camp at Lila lake but was near impossible to get passed Rachel lake. Simply breathtaking - including jumping into the frigid lake with large chunks of ice still on the water. I wouldn’t have been able to make it without the all trails pro membership showing me my location on the trail. Definitely worth the $30 annually and potentially can save your life.. Be safe, and don’t do this hike this time of year unless you have navigation. MAKE SURE TO NOT GO TO THE BATHROOM WITHIN A FEW HUNDRED FEET OF CAMPSITES OR LAKE. It’s not sanitary and is common courtesy...

Did this hike on 6/11 and it was beautiful. So many wild flowers blooming right now and stunning views. 10/10 would recommend

Too much snow to get to the lake still (early June), but still worth the scenery

Hiked it last year in the summer

backpacking
9 months ago

Very beautiful views, very very difficult In the snow

10/14/17. We were the first on the trail and it was covered in snow. Towards the top, we were trekking through about a foot and a half of snow. I would not have been able to do this by myself or if there weren't experienced hikers leading the way. On the other hand, the trees and lake were absolutely stunning in the snow.

Oct 8. Road is good. Trail is good. Little snow at lake today but that will change in a week or so. Last mile is tough but not too hard.

hiking
10 months ago

The hikes first 2 miles are pretty easy but it's not until the last 1.5 where all the incline is. It was challenging for me but well worth it when we finally reached the lake. If it wasn't so cold, I would have happily jumped in. We decided after some rest, to continue on the additional mile or so to rampart lakes. That was amazing! If you have the energy for it, I'd go and enjoy the colorful fall colors already setting in and seeing the additional little lakes.

Wonderful trail! It can be a challenge with a overnight pack (especially the last half, as it's a bit steep) but great hike. Best to do during the week as weekends can get quite busy at the lake.

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