Rachel Lake

Cle Elum, Washington

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The condition of the trail to Rachel Lake and the lake’s environs exhibit what can happen when too many nature-loving hikers are unleashed on a fragile landscape. Though you’ll enjoy spectacular views at the lake and en route, closer examination reveals a web of way trails stomped into the fragile meadows around the lake. And heavy use and poor trail planning have left the trail in rough condition. You’ll splash up a track marred by mud and water, with seasonal streams running down the middle of the trail at times. You’ll also fight crowds for the right to that sloppy trail, which receives unbelievably heavy use every weekend in the summer. For maximum benefit visit midweek or after Labor Day.
Day Hiking: Snoqualmie Region

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Day Hiking: Snoqualmie Region

by Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)

The condition of the trail to Rachel Lake and the lake’s environs exhibit what can happen when too many nature-loving hikers are unleashed on a fragile landscape. Though you’ll enjoy spectacular views at the lake and en route, closer examination reveals a web of way trails stomped into the fragile meadows around the lake. And heavy use and poor trail planning have left the trail in rough condition.

You’ll splash up a track marred by mud and water, with seasonal streams running down the middle of the trail at times. You’ll also fight crowds for the right to that sloppy trail, which receives unbelievably heavy use every weekend in the summer. For maximum benefit visit midweek or after Labor Day.

© 2014 Dan A. Nelson/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Cle Elum
Distance: 8
Elevation Gain: 1,600 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Season: July–Oct
Features: Waterfalls
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Okanogan–Wenatchee National Forest, Cle Elum Ranger District
Local Maps: Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass No. 207 and Kachess Lake No. 208
Driving Directions: Directions to Rachel Lake

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