CHS 2 Hike

Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series

CHS 2 Hike - Pratt Lake Trail

CHS hike led at a CHS 2 pace (2.0-3.0 mph). The trail goes through scenic forests and meadows past Pratt Mountain to a secluded lake.

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  • Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 9.6 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,005 ft
  • Pace: 2.0-3.0 mph

Meet at the Pratt Lake Trailhead at 8AM.  This is off I-90 eastbound at exit 47.  (https://www.google.com/maps/place/Pratt+Lake+Trailhead/@47.3978685,-121.4887008,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x549a78874079a9fb:0xb4c0ce9d5d61267b!8m2!3d47.3978685!4d-121.4865068)

Carpooling is recommended to avoid congestion at the trailhead.  Carpoolers meet at 7:15AM the parking lot of the Issaquah Tibbetts Valley Skatepark, 1600 Newport Way NW, Issaquah, WA 98027.  This is the lot adjacent to the skate park that is just south and across the street from the Issaquah Transit Center garage.  It is an approximately 35 minute drive to the trailhead.

(https://www.google.com/maps/place/Issaquah+Tibbetts+Valley+Skatepark/@47.5410507,-122.0638446,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x54906f9230a689a9:0xbcce6290a4c94316!8m2!3d47.5410507!4d-122.0616506)

Here is a description of the hike from WTA: https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/pratt-lake.

If you've been to Granite Mountain, then you probably started from the Pratt Lake Trailhead.  For this hike, we will bypass the Granite Mountain turnoff, and we will continue on the Pratt Lake trail up past the turnoff to Talapus and Ollalie Lakes.  We will then cross over the ridge and drop down into the Pratt Lake basin.  The trail hugs the side of the lake until it reaches our destination at the backcountry campsite at the north end of the lake.  We will break for lunch there before returning to the trailhead the same way.

Route/Place

Pratt Lake Trail


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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Ten Essential Systems

  1. Navigation (map & compass)
  2. Sun protection (sunglasses & sunscreen)
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
  5. First-aid supplies
  6. Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candle)
  7. Repair kit and tools
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter (tent/plastic tube tent/garbage bag)
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