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Pratt Lake
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Pratt Lake
This hike can best be described as a classic Cascade trail. It starts off as a walk through fir and hemlock forests with occasional breaks in the trees to show views of mountain lakes. The trail is well maintained and nicely graded. You will encounter several small stream crossings, and getting your shoes wet is not unlikely. The lake is surrounded by talus slopes but there are a couple camp spots at the north end of the lake.
Type Length Difficulty Rating Gain
Lake 11.4 mi 3 / 5 7.8 / 10 3400 ft

User Groups
Hikers, Dogs

Accessibility
June-October

Permits
Federal Northwest Forest Pass to park
Alpine Lakes Wilderness use permit required to enter wild
 
Hike Featured In...
Day Hiking Snoqualmie RegionDay Hiking Snoqualmie Region
Day Hiking Snoqualmie Region
By Dan A. Nelson
Driving Directions:
From Seattle, E on I-90 to exit 47. Left off the freeway. Left at T in road for .5 miles to trailhead
Contact Information:
Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
Snoqualmie Ranger District - North Bend Office
902 S.E. North Bend Way
Bldg 1
North Bend, Washington 98045
Tel: 425.888.1421
http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/mbs/

Books
Day Hiking Snoqualmie Region
Day Hiking Snoqualmie Region
Maps
Green Trails #206 Bandera
#206 Bandera
Green Trails #207 Snoqualmie Pass
#207 Snoqualmie Pass
Green Trails #207S Snoqualmie Pass
#207S Snoqualmie Pass
USGS Bandera
Bandera
USGS Snoqualmie Pass
Snoqualmie Pass
Pratt Lake Trailhead near Snoqualmie Pass Multiple destinations are at your fingertips from this trail One of many small stream crossings Another, bigger, stream crossing A scenic stream and cascade Pratt Lake - From Mexi_boy's hike report on Sunday, July 05, 2009. A sign where the trail forks - From pnwhikes's hike report on Monday, June 01, 2009. The path - From pnwhikes's hike report on Monday, June 01, 2009. Light shining through the forest - From pnwhikes's hike report on Monday, June 01, 2009. A cascade - From pnwhikes's hike report on Monday, June 01, 2009.
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