Alta Mountain via Rampart Ridge Backdoor Trail

2 reviews #48 hike out of 829 in
8.8 mi
Distance
3 hrs 40 min
Time
terrain
2,438 ft
Elev Gain

Overview

Tour the spectacular tarns and lakes of the Alpine Lake Wilderness. Hike through wooded sections of the trail until the trees thin and you come to alpine lakes. The views become more stunning the higher you gain the ridge to the top of Alta Mountain. See views of the Central Cascades from the summit.

Getting Started

From the trailhead, follow the trail signs and fill out a hiking permit. Gain elevation and reach the first of the tour of lakes: Lake Lillian. Take a short break before stopping at the many Rampart Lakes. Start up the ridge as you climb above Rachel Lake getting above the treeline.

Take your time on the ridge as it gains elevation fast before the summit. Late spring and into early summer, you'll find snow on the ridge. Watch for cornices on the ridge during the winter.

Brave the icy waters and take a dip on a hot summer day. Make the trip an overnight one and camp at any of the lakes. Signs will indicate where camping is allowed.

A Northwest Forest Pass is required at the trailhead. Pay for a day-use or buy the annual pass to enjoy hikes in National Forests year-round.

Taking Children

Elevation gain over the short mileage makes this hike a strenuous one. Might want to consider hiking to Rachel Lake or skip the ridge and enjoy Rampart Lakes.



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PNWRich 3 years, 3 months ago
PNWRich: Alta
Another great Wednesday Night Hike with friends. We came in via the Lake Lillian TH (if you can call if that). The route is brutally short on the way in and mercifully short on the way out. Lake Lillian is still mostly snow covered but not walkable - same with Rampart Lakes. Had an amazing standing glissade from the ridge down Rampart Lakes. The ridge run up Alta was as enjoyable and scenic as ever.
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Rachel Davidson 2 years, 2 months ago
Alta Mountain and Rampart Ridge 8/6/17
Allowed plenty of time to swim around Rampart Lakes and enjoy the views
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