Trip Report    

Winter Scramble - Pratt Mountain

A little fresh snow, mostly cooperative weather, and a terrific team made for a fun winter scramble!

  • Road suitable for all vehicles
  • Dusting of snow on the trail from the trailhead to Olallie Lake.  Increasing amounts of snow from Olallie Lake up to the Pratt Lake/Island Lake intersection.  We used snowshoes from the intersection up to the summit itself.  A couple of inches of new snow overnight, but nothing that couldn't be managed with our snowshoes.

We gathered at 7:30 at the Pratt Lake trailhead.  This was a mentored scramble for Mandi Maycumber.  Mandi had sent out a prospectus with an included GPS track, so after introductions, we started our way up at 7:55am

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The pace was blistering for the first 30 minutes and we easily did 650 feet of gain in the first half hour.  We slowed down the pace (at my request) but still continued at a decent clip and continued up the intersection with Olallie Lake.  We were all wearing microspikes.  After a water break, we ascended to the Island Lake/Pratt Lake intersection where we opted to put on our snowshoes as there was no longer any path in the snow.

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We went to 4,200 feet and then headed up the ridge towards the peak  The crux of our scramble was a rock outcropping at 4,500 feet.  We had traverse below the rocks on the east side of the ridge and then with the first two scramblers using a self belay, we were able to create a path for the rest of the team.  Once past that point, the rest of the ascent was a relatively easy snowshoe up to the top.  At the summit, it was breezy with light to moderate snow, so we just spent a few minutes to take our summit photos and then headed back to a protected area below the 4,500 foot rocks.  After lunch, we headed back to the Pratt Lake trail and back at the cars by 3:30pm.   About 7.5 hours car to car.  Our ascent time was 4 hours 5 minutes, which included breaks.

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My GPS stopped tracking for a period near Olallie Lake,  but we followed scrambler Xiulan Hu's Peakbagger track from 1/4/20 to the tee and it was a good track to use:

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