Camp and Trail Run from Tuscohatchie Lake

Washington Pratt Lake Trail

  • Activities:

    Camping, Running, Backpacking, Fitness

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Summer, Autumn

Forest
Lake

Hike 0.5 miles past Pratt Lake for a more isolated campsite at Tuscohatchie Lake. Get amazing views of waterfalls and lakes on the way up the trail. Wake up early and get the trails to yourself for a morning run. Duration: Overnight.

This is a beginner to intermediate hike, at the first mile the trail has it first break where you can go up to the Lookout. If you continue going straight, you'll find waterfalls and lakes on the trail. 2.5 Miles in on the trail is another turn to Ollalie and Talapus Lake. Continue onto the 4-mile maker and you will find another turn one to Island Lake and the other to Pratt Lake.

Pratt Lake is everyone's favorite destination, but hardly anyone goes the extra 1/2 mile to Lower Tuscohatchie Lake (photo of Lower Tuscohathie Lake) here I set up base camp and ran towards Kalateen Lake and then back up to Melakwa Lake. Hardly anyone on the trail and nothing but the peace and quiet of Mother Nature. The trip can be as long as you want ranging from 6 miles round trip to 22 miles round trip in one day

You will need to pay for parking. The daily pass is $5, which allows you to make this a day trip or a overnight trip..

I always go to Red Robin in Issaquah after each adventure in the mountains.

To get to the Pratt Lake trail from Seattle drive east on I-90 to exit 47 (Asahel Curtis/Denny Creek). Turn north over the freeway, turn left at the T, and drive to the nearby Pratt Lake-Granite Mountain Lookout parking area. 95 percent of the folks who come here will head to the Lookout only 5 percent of the folks will head to the lakes.

Pack List

Pack list for a day trip:
  • Camelbak
  • Snacks
  • Protein bars
  • Camera
  • Change of clothes for the trip and when you get done too.
Overnight Pack list:
  • I pack 4 changes of clothes,
  • socks
  • running tights
  • shirts
  • bandanas
  • 2 jackets
  • Additional pair of shoes
  • Camelbak with a water filter to refill my pack
  • Mountain House freeze dried meals, Beef Jerky
  • Cornnuts
  • Banana chips
  • JetBoil to heat up your water
  • Propane
  • Bear Hang rope for the bag of food
  • Coffee is a must!
  • Sleeping bag
  • Tent
  • Portable charger for my Samsung Galaxy S5.
Read More

Reviews

Overall rating: 

Leave a Review

Pratt Lake Basin is an amazing hike. Spending the night at Tuscohatchie Lake was the best idea our group had - our plan had been to spend the night at Melakwa Lake, but when we stumbled upon Tuscohatchie we couldn't resist spending the night. We stayed close to the trail on a small flat area (that might have been cleared by humans) RIGHT next to the exit stream, which is more of a waterfall than a stream! We then explored the lake the following day, skinny-dipping, swimming to the far end, laughing, and having fun! From the time we left Pratt Lake (most people's destination) we didn't see a single soul, until we were packed up and leaving late afternoon the next day. A beautiful hike!

5 months ago
5 months ago

Warren Behymer

Sharing my weekend adventures in the mountains from Washington State. 

 Hiking, mountain running, camping and backpacking.

Are we missing something? Suggest an edit

Nearby Adventures

Hike to Grand Valley via Grand Pass

Washington / Grand Pass Trail

Camping is available around Grand Lake, Moose Lake, and Gladys Lake. Camping / backpacking requires permits from May 1 - September 30th.  Photos: Sean Munson, Sankara Subramanian, Wild Trees

20 Saves

Hike the Little Quilcene Trail

Washington / Little Quilcene Trailhead

Little Quilcene Trail is a 16.1 mile out and back trail close to Sequim, Washington. The trail is an alternate route to the Mt. Townsend summit.

20 Saves

Hike the Staircase Rapids Loop

Washington / Staircase Ranger Station

This trail is great for nature trips and for birding. A national park pass or an entry fee of $25 per car (or $10 fee to walk in) is required for entry into Olympic National Park.

27 Saves