Tuscohatchie Lake Trail

HARD 10 reviews

Tuscohatchie Lake Trail is a 12.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near North Bend, Washington that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
12.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4038 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

This hike is a forest hike and waterfall scramble to Upper Tuscohatchie Lake. The majority of the hike follows established trails from the Talpus Lake trail head up to the Lower Tuscohatchie Lake. From there you follow Tuscohatchie Creek up two waterfalls and past two small ponds to reach the secluded Upper Tuscohatchie Lake.

backpacking
3 months ago

This place is wonderful! Went from a different starting point than this one on AllTrails. Started from Talapus and from there you pass 4 amazing lakes before you get to the final destination. I would say this lake is not preferred for hammock camping. Tent camping works just fine. But go early! Limited spaces for sufficient camping unless you make you're own spot. Definitely bring some bug repellent. You will get mauled by them.

backpacking
3 months ago

Trail in great shape, down to the lower lake trail gets a tad overgrown if you where to be picky about it. Good trail overall

hiking
4 months ago

The snow is much deeper than other people say it is. 5-6 feet at times. The trail is nearly impossible to follow in snow without climbing gear. Hiked 5/29/17

hiking
Sunday, August 07, 2016

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

It's was beautiful but took a while but worth it

hiking
Sunday, January 25, 2015

In July 1961 my friends and I hiked these trails. Unfortunately there was not trail to the Upper Tuscohatchie Lake. It was a pretty lake but not really accesable at that time. The Lower Lake and Pratt Lake I hiked with friend twice. My Dad and his brother hiked to Pratt Lake in the late 1930's or early 1940's. Pratt Lake had a cabin you could stay in, when we got there the cabin was a about four logs high. Lower Tuscohatchie had a cabin that I will post photos of later.

hiking
Thursday, November 06, 2014

Nice trail with plenty of changing coverages. The trail that shares the beginning of Granite Mountain was your typical I-90 2000+ elevation gain lake hikes. Easy switchbacks, decent grade, good young-growth intersparsed with oak trees. The turn-off for Granite Mountain is somewhat unnoticable because it is in-line with the trail direction and does not stick out. This trail takes you to the top of the ridge of Pratt lake Basin and forces you to loose at least 300 feet to get back into the basin and lake-level. Pratt Lake is not the most scenic lake in the Alpine Lake Wilderness, but it is an easier hike when it is dry.

hiking
Monday, August 25, 2014

The photo in this review looks more like the north end of Lake Melakwa than Upper Tuscohatchie.

hiking
Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Followed the same path the previous reviewer mentioned, parked at Talapus, past Olallie and Pratt, however this hike is much longer than 12 miles, by my friend's and my estimate it was closer to 16-17 out and back following the path we chose. With that being said I would not recommend the last portion of this trip (between lower Tuscahatchie and upper). Once past Pratt you are close to the lower lake and it is beautiful, very peaceful and very few hikers, up to Olallie there can be crowds but few venture further for their day hikes. What's left of the day hikers seemed to stop at Pratt, we only saw two other groups at Lower Tuscahatchie. We went around the left bank of Lower Tuscahatchie and about 3/4 of the way around ran out of trail, we fought the brush for about 45 minutes to make it up to the first pond above the waterfalls where luckily there was snow packing down the thick brush, the second pond was directly behind the first and we followed the falls behind the second 'peanut' shaped pond to a huge rock scramble covered in snow. The rocks were very slick in spots and difficult to maneuver with our overnight packs on. The upper lake was still covered in snow, however it didn't look like it had been seen in years. Definitely not a soul around us when we got there. Realizing we wouldn't be able to camp and fish at the upper we fought our way through the brush to get back down to Lower Tuscahatchie and had a nice camping spot. From the parking lot to lower Tuscahatchie the hike took about 4 hours with a couple stops at each lake, from Lower Tuscahatchie to upper and back took us about 4 hours and we only stopped at the upper for about 15 minutes (to give some perspective, the distance between the two was probably at most a mile). This could be a cool hike if the trail were extended to the upper lake, not worth the cuts and difficulty of fighting your way through thick brush without a trail though. Stick to the Lower Tuscahatchie and enjoy its beauty.

hiking
Thursday, March 01, 2012

I completed this hike as a teenager with a friend back in the 90's. We parked at the Talapus Lake trail head and had a fairly conventional hike following the established trails up to Lower Tuscohatchie Lake. This included nice views of Talapus Lake, Olallie Lake, and Pratt Lake along the way. Once we reached Lower Tuscohatchie Lake we found the creek that leads to Upper Tuscohatchie and followed it. This took us past two beautiful waterfalls and through a couple of ponds that looked like they had hardly been visited. We eventually arrived at Upper Tuscohatchie and spend a few days camping out and doing some AMAZING fishing. Great hike. There were quite a few hikers along the first stage of the trail but it quickly thinned out the deeper into the mountains we went.