Rachel Lake Trail #1313

The Rachel Lake Trail begins at Forest Road 4930 and ends at Lake Lillian Trail #1332. This is a hiker only trail that accesses the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.

Rachel Lake Trail has a fairly gentle grade for the first 3 miles as it follows the north side of Box Canyon Creek along the valley bottom. The trail passes through old-growth forest and brushy avalanche chutes. At the head of the valley, the trail begins a steep 1-mile climb to Rachel Lake. From the flat bench around Rachel, the trail climbs approximately another mile to the Rampart Lakes basin. Due to the large number of people that visit this area, campfires are prohibited within 0.5 mile of Rachel Lake and everywhere above 5000 feet. At Ramparts (and at other subalpine and alpine areas), the plant life is fragile and has suffered damage from hikers. In order to repair past damage, revegetation and rehabilitation efforts continue in this area as funding allows and with the help of volunteers. You can help this project by staying on the main trails and resting only on rocks and logs adjacent to the trail. Your cooperation can help preserve the health and remarkable alpine beauty of this area.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: June - October
Fees: $5/vehicle/day or Northwest Forest Pass, or Federal Interagency Recreation Pass required at trailhead. Discover Pass not valid on National Forest land.
Permit Info: Wilderness permits are required. The self-issuing permits are free and are available at trailheads and Forest Service Ranger Stations.
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: Summer-Fall
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: Hiker only. Equestrian, mountain bike and motorized use prohibited. Wilderness regulations apply. Campfires are prohibited within a 1/2 mile of Rachel Lake.
Closest Towns: Cle Elum, North Bend
Passes: A valid Recreation Pass required at Rachel Lake trailhead.

General Information


To Rachel Lake Trailhead:

From I-90, take Exit 62 west of Cle Elum, onto paved Road 49 to Lake Kachess and follow it to the “T” junction near Kachess Campground. Turn left onto Forest Road 4930 and stay on it for about 5 miles up Box Canyon Creek to the trailhead.


Pit toilets at trailhead and parking for 40+ vehicles.

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Day Hiking

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Difficulty Level: Difficult


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Difficulty Level: Difficult

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4.8 miles

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