Pratt Lake Trail


Backpack - Pratt Lake

This is for students from Tacoma's Intro to Backpacking Course.

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  • Moderate/Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 11.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,300 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 4,100 ft
  • Pace: 2.0 mph

Meet at the Pratt Lake Trailhead at 7:00am.  The goal is to beat the heat and the crowds.

I am offering this as a trip for the students from Tacoma's Introduction to Backpacking Course.  Sign up will be restricted to those students until 7/15.  On 7/15 anyone may sign up if there are still slots available.

This hike is on a well-maintained trail.  We'll gain about 2300ft in elevation in just under 4 miles before dropping into the lake basin and descending 1.8 miles to the campsite.  In the unlikely case that there is no campsite available, we would continue to Lower Tuscahatchie Lake, which is .5 miles farther.


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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