Backpack - Pratt Lake Trail


Backpack - Pratt Lake Trail

This is great trail offering an easy approach to 4 alpine lakes and seeing another in the distance. This is a B3 backpacking trip open to all. Despite the title, we won't be visiting Pratt Mountain (just observing it). (Melakwa pictured)

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  • Moderate
  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)
  • Mileage: 20.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,400 ft

11 am at the Preston Park & Ride

Saturday we will depart from the Talapus Lake TH, gently climbing a ridge while passing two lakes. We will set up camp at Pratt Lake for two nights. On Sunday, we will day hike up to Lower Tuscohatchie Lake and Melakwa Lake (3.5 miles and 1100 elevation gain) with light packs. On Monday, we will hike back out early enough for Fourth of July celebrations.

This is a dog-friendly event with at least one dog (a mature Golden Retriever)


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 plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
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