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    Rampart Lakes Hike

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    14.5 km
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    771 m
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    Directions to Trailhead

    Rampart Lakes is a 14.5 km hard hike in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest that takes you to the scenic Rampart Lakes via Rachel Lake Trail. If you want to travel a bit further, you can continue to Lila Lake.

    There are charming waterfall lookouts along the way, but most of the trail is in the woods. Expect heavy traffic, making a midweek visit a good choice.

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    Route Description for Rampart Lakes Hike

    The hike to Rampart Lakes is no secret, but it’s worth the hype. This 14.5 km trail is mostly forested on the way up, but the views at the lakes make it worth the trip. Most of the hike is moderate until the last approach to the lake, which steepens. Keep in mind that if you choose to continue on to Lila Lake or Alta Mountain, you’ll need more gas in the tank for steeper trails.

    From the trailhead at the end of the road, take the trail into the trees. You’ll be in the trees for the majority of the trail, but the views will come. The grade is mild at the start.

    Hike through the trees, keeping an eye out for little waterfalls. Enjoy old-growth forests and sections of meadow that are filled with wildflowers when it’s summertime. You’ll cross Canyon Creek 4.4 km in and head up a rockier, rootier section.

    The approach to Rachel Lake is quite a bit steeper and rockier than the rest of the trail, with big “steps” you’ll need to climb to make up the significant elevation gain still on the table. If you think you’ve gone off track, check your GPS. There are some spur trails on this section. Most have sticks across them to indicate their uselessness, but you’ll just want to keep an eye on your route.

    Take a moment to admire Rachel Lake before continuing. It’s usually a pretty lively place, with families swimming, camping, and picnicking.

    From Rachel Lake, hike up around the north shore and then go left at the junction. It’s not far to Rampart Lakes from here. There is a network of social trails around the lakes, so choose your own adventure as you explore. When you’re ready, you’ll retrace your steps back to the trailhead.

    Hiking Route Highlights

    Rampart Lakes

    The Rampart Lakes are a set of lakes on the southern side of Alta Mountain. The lakes are frequented by hikers and fishers, who seek to catch cutthroat trout. The lakes are at an elevation of 5,082 feet and total 6.3 acres altogether. The lakes are usually warm enough for swimming in the summertime.

    Rachel Lake

    Rachel Lake adorns the eastern side of Rampart Ridge. This 25-acre lake is at an elevation of 1,422 m and is a popular hiking and fishing destination. Hikers also enjoy swimming in Rachel Lake on hot days. Fishers can try to catch cutthroat trout.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Can I swim at Rampart Lakes?

    Yes, swimming is permitted in Rampart Lakes. It might be a bit chilly!

    Can you camp at Rampart Lakes?

    Yes, there are several campsites around the lakeshore. You can also camp at Rachel Lake.

    Can you fish at Rampart Lakes?

    Yes. Rampart Lakes have cutthroat trout to fish for.

    Insider Hints for Rampart Lakes Hike

    • Remember your Northwest Forest Pass for this hike. If you camp, remember to grab a Wilderness Permit at the trailhead.
    • Take care on the drive to the trailhead, there are lots of potholes.
    • The parking area is small, so try to arrive early on the weekends.

    Getting to the Rampart Lakes Hike Trailhead

    The trailhead for the Rampart Lakes Hike is at the end of National Forest Development Road 4930. There is parking here.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground

      Rachel Lake

    • When to do


    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly


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    • Route Type

      Out and back

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