Alta Mountain Climber's Log

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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!


Doehle - Sep 21, 2009 2:47 pm Date Climbed: Sep 20, 2009

Via Rachel lake  Sucess!

Nice day out, clouds farther west, but the views were great in most directions


Curtissimo - Dec 25, 2008 2:59 pm Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2007

with EastKing, Magellan & Hiker Brian  Sucess!

fun trip with a dip in cold rachel lake

Dan Winter

Dan Winter - May 1, 2008 9:30 pm Date Climbed: Jul 10, 2005

South Ridge  Sucess!

A fun hike with great views.


EastKing - Sep 5, 2007 2:34 am Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2007

South Ridge  Sucess!

Great views on this peak. Hundreds of mountains with Rainier, Glacier and Adams in the distance. I will have a trip report and pictures up very soon.


agreenstreet - Oct 18, 2006 6:09 am

Route Climbed: South Ridge Date Climbed: October 17, 2006  Sucess!

Came in from Rocky Run at Snoqualmie Pass and started early so I could get back to town by 5:00 for class. Great hike, although very foggy and wet when I hiked it, so there wasn't much in the way of views. Maybe again sometime.......


supermarmot - Aug 25, 2006 1:47 am

marmots!  Sucess!

hiked up summer of 2005 after spending an awesome couple of days at Rampart Lakes.


ren - Aug 7, 2006 12:42 pm Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2006

Route Climbed: Backdoor  Sucess!

Went in backdoor to Lillian Lake and took junction off main trail that goes up to Rampart Ridge and drops down to Rampart Lakes. Spent night at lakes and hit the south ridge of Alta early morning to gain the summit.


BSPclimber - Aug 2, 2006 4:24 am Date Climbed: Jun 5, 1987

South ridge  Sucess!

Solo hike. Enjoyable, lots of snow. Missed turnoff to rachel lake trail on way back.


Honkeydong - Mar 1, 2003 3:08 pm

Route Climbed: trail Date Climbed: June. 21 2002  Sucess!

Did it with my little sister instead of Si where she always goes. Overcast and misty, although no real rain. Great fun for her. Good hike for me.


Dean - Jan 14, 2003 5:19 am

Route Climbed: south ridge Date Climbed: July 1974  Sucess!

Views? no, we had crappy weather. Mainly drizzled. Larry and I had camped out near Lila Lakes and the weatherman promised good weather but he lied (as usual) as the good weather didn't show up.

Bob Bolton

Bob Bolton - Dec 19, 2002 7:07 pm

Route Climbed: South Ridge Date Climbed: October 1989  Sucess!

My friend Bob V. joined me on a fabulous fall weekend. We hiked up to Rachel Lake and camped, then climbed Alta the next morning before packing out and driving home. Glorious views!


RStokes - Dec 17, 2002 11:04 pm

Route Climbed: South Ridge Date Climbed: October 1, 2002  Sucess!

A dry fall has made for some good late season hiking in the Cascades this year. No snow until on top of Rampart Ridge. From there is was patchy at best all the way to the summit. Great views of Stuart, Hibox, Chikamin, Thomson, Lundin, Red, Kendall, Snoqualmie, Chair and Kaleetan peaks. Saw only one other party on the trip.

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