Winter Camping Field Trip

Field trip: Winter Camping Course - Foothills

Winter Camping Field Trip - Pratt Lake Trail

PLEASE NOTE NEW LOCATION: OLALLIE LAKE (I-90, EXIT 47). Practice winter camping skills, try out gear, learn hands-on about how to be safe and comfortable camping in the backcountry in winter conditions.

COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers activity.
  • Sat, Mar 13, 2021 — Sun, Mar 14, 2021
  • Foothills Snowshoeing Committee
  • Snowshoeing
  • Basic
  • Adults
  • Moderate/Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 8.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,200 ft

Driving directions from
From Seattle, head east on I-90 to exit 47. Turn left and drive over the interstate, then turn left at the T. Proceed to the nearby Pratt Lake-Granite Mountain parking area. Be aware that this parking area gets very full and with people parking on both sides of the road, sometimes leaving is harder than finding a spot. Northwest Forest Pass and Alpine Lakes Wilderness Permit required; both available at the trailhead.

Location change due to parking restrictions at previous location! We will take the Pratt Lake trail to Olallie Lake.

Practice skills discussed in the winter camping lecture, including:

  • site selection
  • how to set up a winter camp
  • cooking food
  • gathering water
  • getting around in winter

Pratt Lake Trail

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Gear List (you may have to bring extra supplies or personal gear due to the COVID-19 pandemic):

  • 10 Essentials
  • face mask/face covering
  • hand sanitizer
  • Snowshoes or backcountry ski touring/splitboarding equipment
  • Backpacking pack
  • Sleeping pad rated for colder temperatures or stack 2 pads
  • Sleeping bag rated for colder temperatures
  • Backpacking stove, fuel
  • Tent - recommend 4-season but 3-season tent can work if the weather forecast is milder
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