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Rachel Lake Trail

7.8 Miles
Hard
Time to Hike: 3 hours, ~54 minutes
Added:
February 18, 2022
Updated:
February 18, 2022

The Rachel Lake Trail at Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest near Snoqualmie Pass, Washington is a difficult out-and-back hike in Washington's Cascade Mountains which reaches an alpine lake at the summit, Rachel Lake.

The hike is known for its views of Hibox Mountain and creek crossings. The beginning of the hike is an easy, gradual climb which follows Box Canyon Creek. There are occasional views up to the surrounding mountains, but for the most part this section of the hike is fully covered by trees. After 2.5-miles, the trail turns upwards and the climb becomes more difficult, nearly all of the elevation gain is in this final push. A mile into this section, the trail flattens momentarily for a water crossing in front of a waterfall. The remainder of the hike up to Rachel Lake is poorly maintained, forcing hikers to find their own way through a trickling stream and tangled roots. The effort is rewarded though upon reaching the icy blue waters of Rachel Lake, which is perfect for a quick swim on a hot day.

Parking
Hikers will find a large parking lot at the coordinates provided.

Pets
Dogs are allowed if leashed and their waste must be carried out by the hiker.

Camping and Backpacking
Camping is allowed at designated sites. Please follow all dispersed / primitive / backcountry camping rules and regulations.

Trail and photos provided in partnership by hike.io.

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Surface Type

Dirt

Seasons

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1898 '

Total Change
2173 '

Ascent
2170 '

Descent
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7.8 miles
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February 18, 2022
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