Backpack - Lower Tuscohatchie Lake


Backpack - Lower Tuscohatchie Lake

One night adventure to beautiful alpine lake

  • Technical 3, Strenuous 3
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 13.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,200 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 4,200 ft
  • Pace: 1.5-2mph

TBA, probably Pratt Lake-Granite Mountain (exit 47) around 8am. Drivers to the trailhead will need a Northwest Forest Pass.

Come explore some of the gorgeous lakes close to home in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness! An overnight makes it possible to comfortably visit Lower Tuscohatchie Lake and enjoy an evening at this less known gem. Here is the WTA page for Lower Tuscohatchie

This is a mentored trip for Alina Badus.

Open to all. Please fill out the Leader Permission form to state that you have read the  Special Note (see further in the trip description) and that you are ok with having a dog on the trip?.

On day 1 we will hike past Olallie and Pratt Lakes and set up camp at Lower Tuscohatchie; 6.5 miles and 2800ft elevation gain, 1300ft loss. Depending on daylight, conditions, weather and interest we can explore towards Melakwa Lake or Kaleetan Lake. We will aim to return to camp well before dark.

On day 2, we will break down camp and hike back out to the cars. 6.5 miles, 1300ft elevation gain, 2800ft elevation loss.

On both days we will aim to stay together and travel as a group at moderate pace (1.5-2mph), with short hourly breaks and a longer lunch break. Please make sure you can handle the distance, pace and elevation with a fully loaded backpack, carrying all your necessities for an overnight trip. Participants are welcome to make arrangements amongst themselves for sharing gear. You should be prepared for nighttime temperatures down to freezing.

Special Note: the leader will be bringing a well-behaved, medium-size dog. If this is a problem for you (e.g. severe allergies), please do not sign up. Unfortunately we cannot handle any additional dogs on the trip.


Pratt Lake Trail

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials plus overnight gear which may include:

  • Tent with footprint/ground tarp
  • Stove and fuel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Water filter
  • Bear canister or extra stuff sack and cord designated for hanging food
  • Cooking pot/pan with utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
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