One of those enjoyable peaks with a trail to the top.
Pleasant hike - great views.
Nice ridge walk above Rachel Lake
An absolutely gorgeous fall hike up Alta Mountain. The hills were ablaze with red foliage. Lila lakes looked like Middle Earth. Rachael Lake was refreshing. A great fall hike up to Alta Mountain - this is one of my favorite hikes. The trail up box canyon is beautiful, the transition from old forest to alpine deciduous areas, following a stream bed with beautiful pools and river rock, up a nice hill to Rachael lake - beautiful in the fall and perfect for a post-summit dip. Once out of box canyon TH you will see Hibox Mountain peek into view - its a great scramble to the top. The trail to Alta follows the same route to Rampart Ridge. It kicks right passing through beautiful fall foliage - amazing reds, and follows a ridgeline, with about three false summits until you reach the rocky summit of Alta. Great 360 degree views of the entire area - you can see Snoqualmie snow area, the PCT - Kendall Peak, Red Mountain, Kendall Katwalk, Mount Thompson, Huckleberry Mountain, Chikaman Peak among others. Truly a great vantage point.
great campsites at rampart lakes or lila lakes. access to the PCT possible with off trail hiking. great 360deg panoramic view from the top. easy class 1-2 hike. boot path to summit.
For some reason this one never seemed too appealing to me so it took me awhile to get around to it. Perhaps due to low expectations, I was blown away by this one! Amazing! I took the rocky run back door route via Lake Laura and Lake Lillian. The trail through Rampart Lakes up to the summit of Alta was stunning, and the views from the top were incredible. Lots of mountains I do are one (summit) and done, but I wouldn't be surprised if I find myself back here some day. Truly a beautiful place!
Easy scramble with great views!
Camped at Rachel Lake and climbed up to Alta Mountain the next day. Not a single person up there on Alta with me. Perfectly serene.
This is a classic. Great roaming in the alpine.
Fall colors, sunny up high, fog in Seattle: I was in no hurry to spend less time up there than I did.
Finally got this monkey off my back. I did it back in 2009 but missed that all important last turn - see below. Today was different despite pretty considerable obstacles. I once again took the Lake Lillian TH but this time Snow was DEEP every where from lake Lillian up. Lillian is completely covered still.
Getting into the Rampart lakes was rough. I lost track a few times and did a bit of glissading. I probably wouldn't have gone further but I had a friend that was doing the same hike today and were taking the Rachel Lake TH. I got to the top after several confused moments and Met my friend on his way down. He had started about 30 minutes earlier.
I told him I wanted to go back down the Rachel Lake Trail after a few stellar views at the summit I descended the Rachel Lake trail. Much less snow here. It is longer but better until about late July I would suspect when Ramparts become de-thawed.
fun hike, make sure to check out Lake Lila
I was lucky to be one of very few people in western Washington to bask in the sunshine that day.
Did it a few years back with someone from the UW climbing club, long day from the Rachel Lake trailhead
This was a decent trail to the top, it was a fun day up. Unfortunately the views were covered by mist and clouds.
massive summit cairn
In '05 it was so cloudy I thought I was on the summit. Going back in the sun three years later revealed it was the last of a long string of false summits. So my summit date is '08.
Hike with my buds. A cool summit for sure. I have never seen so much broken glass as in the parking lot for Rachel Lake trailhead. Take your beater car, and leave the doors unlocked.
Beat the weather on an iffy weekend and enjoyed the great views! Definitely a fun ridge hike/scramble to the summit. Picked lots of wild blueberries along the way!
Went with a group to the lake... soloed up to the summit. The cairn was huge.