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Wonderful and rewarding hike. The many bugs made it hard to eat our lunch. We brought bathing suits but could not find anywhere we could safely enter the lake. Not too many hikers the day we went, though it was a Tuesday. Highly recommend.

so gorgeous!

It was a good hike, enjoyed it. The lake is very beautiful!

hiking
1 day ago

This was my very first hike and the fellas and i really had no idea what we were in for .. If you aren't a regular hiker (like myself) and aren't in top shape , be prepared to push yourself harder than you ever have . The trail was beautiful, the views were beautiful . There are some very steep areas that will test your quads . Personally i had to take lots of little breaks to let my legs recharge . It was hard mentally and physically to accomplish but well worth it in the end. It was a great accomplishment. It was just under 12 km from where we Parked so about 23.5 km round trip ! My biggest regret was not having buying hiking poles.. it WILL save your legs

One of my favorite hikes in the PNW. It's a very popular trail, so get there early. Leave yourself at least 5 hours to complete the trail, but give yourself more time if you want to stay at the lake for a bit. Try to go on a sunny day as the water looks a brighter shade of blue in the sunlight.

This is an amazing hike worth every step. I highly recommend this trail.

A tough hike but well worth it once you leave the switchbacks and forests behind. The views of the surrounding mountains is the warm up for getting to see Blanca Lake. It truly is worth the gruel and I will do it again when the seasons change in a few weeks. Two things 1) Don't give up and 2) coming down takes half the time it takes to get up.

hiking
8 days ago

Trash Everywhere!

First I need to say how disappointed I am with the hikers using Washington trails! I watched volunteers spending an entire day cleaning trash from this one trail. It took a team of people the entire day to pick up trash that should never have been left in the first place. Very Sad.

If your going to hike this or any other Washington State trail take your trash out with you. If you see some disrespectful hiker leaving trash say something.

And to all you pet owners! If your dog poops don’t put it in a bag and toss the bag off the trail. Seriously, what is wrong with you people.

If you can’t show respect for other hikers and the environment, stay off the trail.

This is the second most beautiful thing I've seen this year! The first was female so I don't think that's a fair comparison. I had to hold back my emotions, I'm a man of course, I was just not prepared for how stunning this lake was in person. This is something you must see for yourself.

The lake is not made of a non-nutonian fluid, I tried walking on it and I sank.That's how my pictures came out so awesome!

If you're not quite sure if you have bad knees or not... You'll definitely know after this hike! LOL

Don't forget to see the falls at the end of the trail. I got in the water to take some pictures from the other side.

Easy hiking. I love this place ⛰

on Pratt Lake Trail

trail running
10 days ago

Nice trail with decent elevation. Not much in the way of scenery but a few small creeks here and there. Lightly traveled, saw fresh bear scat on the trail this morning so take your bear bells / bear spray because the berries are out and the bears are eating them to prepare for the winter / hibernation. Close to the road, so you will hear cars until you're about 1/2 way up. Granite mountain is better for scenery, scrambling but this is good if you want to get some miles in on a nicely maintained trail. Parking is tough, you'll need to park on the road if you come after 9am.

hiking
11 days ago

This trail is very difficult but worth the effort! I would recommend going on a weekday and starting early in the morning. We started at 8:45am and arrived at the lake at 12:00pm. (I took several short breaks along the way!) We spent about an hour at the lake relaxing and refueling. The trip back was almost as difficult as getting to the lake. Because of the steep incline, it can be hard on the knees. The blueberry bushes are ripe and ready to eat along the trail. The mosquitoes and flies were out but not too bothersome. This is definitely a trail that shouldn’t be passed up.

So hard. So beautiful..

hiking
13 days ago

Incline don’t miss leg day. Breath taking worth the hike.

backpacking
13 days ago

This is my favorite place to backpack and camp so far. It’s pretty brutal though, I wasn’t prepared for how relentless the steep and rocky the switchbacks are. I also had a 65 lbs backpack on me, which I wanted to throw off the side of the mountain with a banshee cry. We camped at Tuck and then hiked to Robin the next morning. I definitely needed that break. The hike to Robin was a little confusing but there are two ways. Just follow the cairns and don’t be afraid to ask people as they’re coming down for some direction. We had tons of mountain goats hanging out and walking past our tents, it was amazing. The sunset here was the best I’ve ever seen. My only regret was not having extra time to explore the top of Robin Lake. I need to come back so I can, I just keep remembering the stream of cuss words going through my mind the last 3 miles but it’s worth it. Remember, pack out what you pack in and no fires. There aren’t any trees for bear lines at Robin, so bring canisters or ursacks. Crazy thing is we all had cell reception at Robin lakes, don’t plan on it but don’t be surprised if you do!

ps: You have to drive through a little creek to get to the trailhead. The pot holes are also insanely deep. So bring a vehicle that can handle it.

hiking
14 days ago

Huckleberries everywhere near Pratt Lake! We picked some and had enough for two pies. Bring a few bags to carry huckleberries back :)

backpacking
14 days ago

One of my two favorite backpacking destinations. Easy hike past Hyas Lake for the first 3 Miles, then soon after the right turn at the T towards Tuck and Robin, the trail gets relentlessly steep. Trekking poles really help. The trail around Tuck toward Robin is confusing for about a mile, but the AllTrails map helped big time. Cairns help mark the rest of the way up the slabs of rock toward Robin Lakes. The last push is challenging with heavy packs, but the view of Robin Lakes and their surroundings is truly breathtaking. Rainier and Adams were crystal clear in the background, with Cathedral Rock and Mt. Daniel boldly dominating the foreground behind lower Robin Lake. Nights get very cold and windy this time of year so make sure to bring adequate layers. I didn’t, but thankfully my sleeping bag compensated for me being a dunce. Saw 3 mountain goats near our tent on Sunday (9/2) morning. Leave time to take the trail between upper and lower Robin up to the peaks above for dazzling views of lower Robin lake especially, surrounded by miles and miles of cascades. Delighted to see Mt Stuart peaking out once we were up there as well. Couldn’t have asked for better weather during the day on Saturday and Sunday. Soak in the beauty and let it refresh you. I wish I could remember the ranger’s name during our stay at Robin. He was a delightful and friendly man with a game winning smile. Extra kudos to that great guy.

Awesome hike! Arrived at parking lot around 8:30 and it was 95% full. Started out on the trail around 8:45. They need one of those jumping deer signs as we scared up a couple of deer and they jumped! Watch out for the tree roots that seem to be alive. We stopped counting the number of times we tripped. The lake is gorgeous. The hike was tough (we are in our mid 50s), but very doable. We were out about 4 1/2 hours with a 30 minute break at the lake and picture breaks along the way.

Camped at Labor day. Train in good condition, no bugs. hiked Alta mountains as a bonus.

hiking
15 days ago

Easy hike. You do gain some elevation the last mile or so but then it flattens out and goes downhill. There was old bear skat when I went but saw no bears. Pretty easy hike for me. When you start you walk through the woods then come to an opening then go back into the woods then cross a dirt road then go back into the woods. When you get close to the lake you will know because there are some openings where the trail gets rocky. The area where you camp is gorgeous and so green. The lake is amazing Too and my dog loved swimming in it.

hiking
15 days ago

one of my favorite trails. the trail is in amazing condition. lots of people camped out at virgin lake and the blue berries were all over the sides of the trail.

Watch out for the bees!

hiking
15 days ago

We started from the car at 9:55AM (parked right near the road closed sign) and made our way up the road. At 10:38 we started the actual hike, the signage at that point states 3.5 miles to Blanca lake. We made it to the lake at 3:00PM (approx 4.5 hours to get there). Such a beautiful spot! Amazingly Mint green water! Make the plunge it is cold but so rewarding! We went all the way down to the second lake lookout on the actually water and relaxed on the logs. On the way back we made sure to turn on our mileage calculator so we could let y’all know the distance. It took us 3 hours to get down (back to the car at about 7PM). All in all we were prepped for 13 miles plus the road washout 4 miles... this info is not accurate!!! It was a little over 12 miles in total including road washout! (6.1 miles each way!) Enjoy guys!

hiking
16 days ago

Overall an easy hike, watch out for some rocky areas. Trail conditions are good, great view of the lake at the end.

hiking
16 days ago

We are staying in Leavenworth and it was a quick trip to the trail head. The road up was a bit rough on my fiesta, but doable. We parked in the first lot due to reviews. But we got there around 745 and it wasn’t too busy yet.

Overall it is one of the more scenic hikes I have been on. Gorgeous views. It took us a solid 1.5 hours to get up there with some fairly steep terrain.

Let me tell you, when you arrive at the lake, your mind will be blown. Just gorgeous. We jumped in and talk about...cold! But so worth it.

hiking
16 days ago

Great trail! It was challenging but not overbearing. Trail conditions were great, no obstructions, and not heavily trafficked. It was steep for about 2.5 miles, then there were some rocky areas. Fantastic view and the lake was gorgeous.

camping
16 days ago

One of my best hikes I’ve ever completed. Robin Lakes were breathtaking!

It can be tough but the lake is awesome. Extra 3.5-4 miles because of the washout to the original trailhead/parking lot.

Hiked this about a month ago. Mosquitoes were vicious and seemed to avoid the fact I repeated applications of 98% deet.

This trail is basically an incline the entire way and the last 20 or so minutes are really intense. Do not skip leg day.. the bees were really bad too but the view was worth it

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