Rachel Lake

Cle Elum, Washington 98922

Rachel Lake

Rachel Lake Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Rachel Lake Reviews

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Trail Information

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

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Jul 2018