Backpack - Kaleetan Lake

Pratt Lake Trail to Windy Lake - Enjoy a moderate fall backpack that includes forest trails, sub-alpine lakes, and views of the Snoqualmie range (weather permitting).

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  • Fri, Oct 13, 2017 — Sun, Oct 15, 2017
  • Foothills Backpacking Committee
  • Photography, Backpacking
  • Singles, 20-30 Somethings, Retired Rovers, Adults
  • Moderate/Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 17.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,000 ft

We will meet early Friday morning. The location will depend on where everyone is coming from. All drivers will need a Northwest Forest Pass.

This will be a rewarding but tough – and cold – hike covering 20 miles with 5,100 ft in elevation gain. On Friday, we will hike about 7 miles from the Pratt Lake Trailhead to camp along Lower Tuscohatchie Lake. On Saturday, we will hike 3 miles to Windy Lake, and either camp there or hike 4 miles back (7 total for the day) to Pratt Lake. Sunday will involve hiking 10 or 6 miles back to the trailhead. This is not for speed-hikers; although we will have a fair amount of ground to cover but we will also allow some opportunities for photography, with an average pace of 1-2 mph.

There will not be significant route challenges but we will have stream crossings and potentially find a little snow at our highest elevations. No special equipment will be required other than cold weather clothing and very water-proof boots. Tent and stove sharing will be optional.

This is a dog-friendly trip.

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Kaleetan Lake

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials plus overnight gear:

  • Ski poles
  • Tent with footprint/ground tarp
  • Stove and fuel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Water purification system
  • Extra stuff sack and cord designated for hanging food
  • Cooking kit
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
  • Camera (recommended)
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