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Backpack - Olallie, Island & Pratt Lakes Loop

Starting at the Pratt Lake trailhead, a 3 day, 2 night backpacking trip to Island Lake (1 night) and Pratt Lake (1 night) while exploring Rainbow Lake and Lower Tuscohatchie Lake.

  • Road suitable for all vehicles
  • No obstructions on route; rocky and brushy on part of trail towards Pratt Lake.  Still some mosquitoes.  Recommend trekking poles.  Many berries.

Late August, midweek (Thu-Sat), 3 day, 2 night trip, starting 9:00 a.m. from Pratt Lake trailhead (originally planned from Talapus trailhead but due to intermittent closures changed to PL TH).  Easy access from I-90, ample parking and toilet available.  Sufficient to carry 1 liter water, water sources on the way up.  Took trail to Olallie and ate lunch (and some swam) on North side of Olallie Lake.  Used the informal, short but steep trail to meet up with the Pratt Lake trailhead and continued to beautiful Island Lake.  Arrived early afternoon and had area for ourselves.  Toilet available.  The larger, up the hill, campground is available but several fallen trees obstruct portion of sites.  Plenty of campsites close by the water area.  Still some mosquitoes and many, many blueberries and huckleberries.  Great swimming.  On Friday, departed to Pratt Lake while exploring Rainbow Lake near Island Lake.  Several campsites and no other backpackers at that time.  Pratt Lake had some backpackers coming in later in the day (Friday).  There are many sites for tents in the forest if the lake site spots are taken. Explored Lower Tuscohatchie Lake (short .6m, flat and beautiful hike with views of several peaks including Kaleetan and the Tooth.  Great swimming at this lake as well.  Camping and toilet in this area.  Rain overnight.  Saturday morning departed to PL TH and several parties where coming up, hikers and backpackers.  Arrived at 11:30 a.m. and parking lot was full with cars alongside entrance road.  A memorable trip especially during this time of the year, nice weather, great swimming, quiet, lots of berries.  Trails in good shape, no obstructions; rocky and brush part of the trail towards Pratt Lake.