Alta Mountain Climber's Log

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peerzat - Sep 13, 2015 5:01 am Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2015

rampart lakes romp  Sucess!

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.


awilsondc - Aug 21, 2015 11:33 pm Date Climbed: Aug 16, 2015

Impressed  Sucess!

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!


BooRadley - Jul 20, 2015 11:08 pm Date Climbed: Sep 6, 2014

Via Rachel Lake  Sucess!

Easy scramble with great views!


alexggoodwin - Apr 23, 2015 10:51 am Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2014

Awesome Scramble  Sucess!

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.

Snidely Whiplash

Snidely Whiplash - Nov 11, 2013 3:33 pm Date Climbed: Oct 10, 1992

Great Fall Colors  Sucess!

This is a classic. Great roaming in the alpine.


seanpeckham - Oct 21, 2013 7:51 pm Date Climbed: Oct 20, 2013

overnighter from Rachel Lake  Sucess!

Fall colors, sunny up high, fog in Seattle: I was in no hurry to spend less time up there than I did.


Arkitekt - Jun 29, 2013 9:58 pm Date Climbed: Jun 29, 2013

Success!  Sucess!

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.


sgiles - Oct 30, 2012 9:15 pm Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2012

fun hike  Sucess!

fun hike, make sure to check out Lake Lila


Jeb - Oct 13, 2012 2:38 am Date Climbed: Sep 22, 2012

Above the clouds, but in thick wildfire smoke  Sucess!

I was lucky to be one of very few people in western Washington to bask in the sunshine that day.


LuminousAphid - Sep 23, 2012 12:20 am Date Climbed: Jul 17, 2007

Long day  Sucess!

Did it a few years back with someone from the UW climbing club, long day from the Rachel Lake trailhead

Josh Lewis

Josh Lewis - Oct 2, 2011 12:27 am Date Climbed: Oct 1, 2011

Misty  Sucess!

This was a decent trail to the top, it was a fun day up. Unfortunately the views were covered by mist and clouds.


belowfellow - Feb 16, 2011 6:09 pm Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2009

nice day  Sucess!

massive summit cairn


breauxtrahn - Dec 8, 2010 8:03 pm Date Climbed: Jul 12, 2008

3rd false the first time  Sucess!

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.


magellan - Oct 24, 2010 1:24 am Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2007

Great Labor Day  Sucess!

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.


lidijagrazulis - Aug 31, 2010 1:14 am Date Climbed: Aug 21, 2010

South Ridge  Sucess!

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!


WeatherMan - Jul 23, 2010 12:41 pm Date Climbed: Sep 13, 2009

S Ridge  Sucess!

Went with a group to the lake... soloed up to the summit. The cairn was huge.


Arkitekt - Jul 23, 2010 5:49 am Date Climbed: Jul 28, 2009


This is one of the few hikes I failed to make the summit. I started at the Lake Lillian fisherman's path and hiked through the Rampart Lakes on my way. Without a map its a bit of a surprise I got as far as I did. In the Rampart's the trails get a little jumbled with routes going all over the place.

The downfall for me was missing the last little left turn the trail made to ascend the to the summit. I kept thinking it has to be here somewhere as we hiked along the mountain.

We ended up at the base of what i've seen on some maps labeled as Little Alta to the ESE of the summit and even considered climbing that. Running out of daylight and realizing i'd been beaten I made my long way back to the car and had a lightening storm rip through the area. One hitting a tree about 500 yards up a ridge from me even.

I'll be back Alta Mountain!


gimpilator - Jun 23, 2010 8:34 pm Date Climbed: Jun 23, 2010

Solo  Sucess!

The narrower parts of the ridge were a little tricky due to a few cornices. I camped the night before about a half mile in and woke up early this morning. Rachel Lake is still frozen over. Didn't see another soul on the trail.

Bryan K

Bryan K - Oct 19, 2009 5:47 pm Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2007

Guys hike  Sucess!

WE had great weather yet again and we enjoyed views for miles and miles. EastKing, Magellan, Brent, Questzal and I made it up.

Cascade Scrambler

Cascade Scrambler - Oct 6, 2009 1:30 am Date Climbed: Oct 4, 2009

Couldn't ask for a better day  Sucess!

You just can't ask for a better day in the Cascades. The weather was cool and crisp, fall colors were in full swing, and I had the summit all to myself. The summit cairn is a beast of a structure.

Two hours 58 minutes to the summit, two hours 14 minutes to the car. Good times!

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