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got there about 1pm and finished about 5 with stops along the way, trail was good river was at max and we saw as we passed the skok river on our way back into town a warning of flood danger in skok river area.

Great, moderate trail. Was a rainy day but the trees managed to shield us from most of the rain. Very pretty and a bit of a butt burner for these Florida hikers.

hiking
22 days ago

a lot of snow weather perfect two and a half hours to get Pratt lake beautiful I love it

Mission was to find snow..didn't check trail just started hiking. Definitely didn't realize the distance of the trail. Accomplished half the trail, basically the day beat me. Need to do more training, the elevation was a bit of a challenge for me.

Left parking lot about 0830, got to mason lake about 10. Put on micro spikes somewhere near the lake and kept them on the rest of the hike until returning back down to that spot. Walked on rocks to cross stream and continue to the peak. I didn’t use poles but they seemed to help many people with the semi-rock scramble near the top. Had lunch at the peak and put on a bunch of layers. Got back to parking lot about 4pm. Remember sunset is 4:30pm now!! It was beautiful when I hiked but I’m sure there is more snow to come.

hiking
1 month ago

Good most of the year, close in to drive to.

trail running
1 month ago

Pretty clear - just a couple of small trees down - a little wet, not muddy - nice trail

Not recommend. Although it's a well-marked trail, there are a lot of burned areas blocking the way. The trail is too narrow, so we stopped many times to make way for biker. And the view of the top was disappointing, good for biking but not for hiking.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail all the way to the lake

We went to the summit. It was hard, as the difficulty states. To get to the summit if Mt Forgotten is a little longer than stated here and involves some scrambling on loose rock.

backpacking
2 months ago

You do it once and that's it. This is not 10 miles total, it's closer to 13. Going there is an all uphill battle the whole way, then you get to an area where you have to be careful and traverse a decent amount of rocks. Once you get to the end the lake opens up and your thinking, "Yay I made it!" Then you realize the place is packed with lots of people all camping within 50 ft if each other because the lake is garbage and is completely surrounded by rocks funneling everyone into a small area with only 30 ft of lake access. I like to do overnight back pack trips to get away from people, not squished into a little area surrounded by people. So over all this trail sucks and I won't be doing it again.

This hike is amazing. Not a lot of people head this way, they usually stop at mason lake or Bandera. The incline beginning from Mason Lake is pretty tough, I think equal to climbing Bandera. But all alone I was at the top! On the way down I saw nobody headed to the top.

Really beautiful. The trail encounters four lakes. The lower portion of the trail has lots of bugs. Near the top some hikers told us of a hidden camping spot on the other side of the lake of which we found that fearured lots of privacy and great access to the lake. We enjoyed and swam well into the evening. Challenging hike but well worth it.

Pretty good hike! Has some nice river views and the elevation gain was enough to break a sweat. The loop goes up first if you go clockwise from the campground. Follow all our adventures on Instagram @themicrotourists

Did this trail in the pouring rain but was still absolutely beautiful!!

on Pratt Lake Trail

trail running
3 months 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.

This time the weather was really clear (9/7/18) and I was able to see Rainier and the valleys very well. Between miles 5 and 6. It was a pleasant surprise because every time I have hiked here it has been cloudy so I didn’t even know there was a view of Rainier. :-) Well, there is, and it’s magnificent. There is a lot of clear cutting at the top of the mountain, but that allows you to see some really great views.

Today I continued down the trail to the Ledge then returned back the way I came. Including some extemporaneous exploration, I logged 18 miles and 4500 elevation gain.

Great hike! Definitely recommend!

hiking
3 months ago

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

I haven't ridden this trail in 25 years, and that was on an aluminum, front-suspension only bike. fast forward to today - outstanding trail maintenance and a serious bike upgrade for me had me remebering some great times out here and smiling the whole way - even during the climb. In true NW style, someone was handing out raindogs (Rainier beer

Was a nice hike, my family and I discussed that most of it felt easy with the exception of the one hill. It was picturesque but nothing extraordinary. I wouldn’t call this a destination hike but if you are in the area it certainly won’t disappoint you!

hiking
3 months ago

Hike date: 5/15/2018. If you enjoy beautiful cascading waterfalls, crossing rapid-flowing streams, and navigating unmarked snow covered trails, this is the time to hike Pratt Lake.  There's still a lot of snow about 3miles in; a GPS w the Pratt Trail map is a must have to navigate in the snow.
The lush forest is beautiful, and many wildflowers are in bloom. The heavy snow melt due to recent record breaking temp fuels the  raging waterfalls which make some stream crossing challenging. It's all doable with good hiking boots (waterproof) and poles, and it's a ton of fun as long as you take each step carefully.
After the Island Lake and Pratt Lake junction (4miles in), the Pratt Trail turns into a steep descent and is completely covered in snow;  very difficult to navigate. Continuing down to Pratt Lake is not recommended unless you are familiar with the trail and terrain. 
Overall it's a beautiful hike with many water features through mid June. On a clear day, you will see Mt Rainier, nearby mountain peaks, and Olallie Lake on the Pratt Lake Trail. 

Nice walk.we also took a left side and it was still up to the hill,but the way is very good maintained.you go along the creek.we think that way from other side would be little bit easier. Hiker from Czech republic.

on Pratt Lake Trail

4 months ago

Great trail thats in good shape. A few flies and mosquitoes near Talapus connector but nothing crazy.

Solid leg burner hike. Went left instead of right, climbed 1200ft in two miles. The descent was just as good. All with my 11th month old on my back in the Osprey. The creeks are beautiful and there are plenty of benches along the way to stop and rest.

Well marked trail, great forest terrain. There are some burned areas to get through, and the top is a little disappointing with no viewpoint and lots of logging. I went through to Rattlesnake Lake and it was very cool, also shorter than turning around and going back down.

Did this hike with my 4 month old in a pack:) hubby had our 3.5 year old also but she hiked alone for half of it! Very do-able even with little ones! The steep parts definitely made my legs burn but it was moderate!! Would recommend

Well maintained - well marked. Lots of benches along the trail. Beautiful scenic views of the creek.

backpacking
5 months ago

Great little backpacking trip. The route is varied and fun. The first half of the hike is pretty standard uphill slog, broken up by some very neat views, including a long wooden bridge and multiple water falls. There are some technical elements to the 2nd half of the hike, as you descend into the basin, which makes it more fun and challenging. Overall the hike was pretty easy when broken up into a 2 day backpacking trip.

There's no evidence of snow anywhere on the trail and it is nice and warm as of this writing. Take a swim in the lake, it is well worth it.

trail running
5 months ago

Loved this trail. I think taking it clockwise (turn left to start) is definitely the better choice. You can get a solid workout in for the first 2.1 Miles and then enjoy climbing along rocks and downed trees over several beautiful creeks on the way down. Recommend. Loved it.

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