Seattle: Rachel Lake

This 7.4-miler scrambles the best of the eastern Cascades: waterfalls, fragrant forests, and a sprawling alpine lake.
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This 7.4-miler scrambles the best of the eastern Cascades: waterfalls, fragrant forests, and a sprawling alpine lake.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 5.9

Waypoints

RLT001

Location: 47.4008827209473, -121.28392791748

Trailhead

RLT002

Location: 47.4038619995117, -121.285789489746

Enter Alpine Lakes Wilderness

RLT003

Location: 47.4109497070312, -121.291473388672

Good views N to HiBox Peak-a towering, stony crag

RLT004

Location: 47.4226837158203, -121.316558837891

Start climb near head of valley

RLT005

Location: 47.422779083252, -121.318572998047

Climb steep switchbacks. Small creeks frequently overflow trail

RLT006

Location: 47.4235153198242, -121.320449829102

Views East to HiBox Ridge and down the Rachel Creek Valley

RLT007

Location: 47.4224891662598, -121.321594238281

Trail traverses steep slope; Abundant wildflowers

RLT008

Location: 47.4205780029297, -121.32381439209

View NE to square knob of HiBox Peak and W to bluffs around Rachel Lake

RLT009

Location: 47.422191619873, -121.325325012207

Pass foot of small fantail waterfall

RLT010

Location: 47.4228782653809, -121.328636169434

Trail crosses into lake basin; Rachel Lake spreads below

RLT011

Location: 47.421459197998, -121.329292297363

Rachel Lake. Trail continues along SE shore; find private lunch spot. Return the way you came