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Pratt Lake Loop
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||Alpine Lakes Wilderness
||On I-90, take exit 47 on the Denny Creek Road and hang a
right and drive to the end where you will find the trailhead
||5500 ft elevation gain
||15+ Miles Roundtrip
||9 out of 10, this is one of my favorite hikes
||Great, big mountains, forest and going under I-90
||Printable Topo Map
Pratt Lake Loop is well worth a weekend visit. The trail is a
bit of a struggle.
It was quite strange walking under I-90 as we meandered through the
forest most of the morning until we got to Melakwa Lakes where we had a
lunch break and enjoyed some fishing. We had started hiking at first light
(suggested) and at Melakwa we were by ourselves for a little while then it
seemed like half of Seattle was up there so we cut our fishing time short
and headed down the trail.
Lower Tuscohatchie Lake we were alone again, it is a very peaceful valley. The
views are great and the lake big, I would suggest taking a raft on this
hike to increase your odds of getting a big ole Alpine Lakes Trout. We napped
a bit and caught a mess of fish which we ate for dinner that
evening, we must have been cooking something the critters in the woods
liked because there were some big branches breaking just behind
camp-nothing came close enough so we could see it.
Our hike out was uneventful and slighting exhausting through the big
rock gardens approaching Pratt Lake.
An after thought would have been to take two cars and put one at either
trailhead, so you don't have to walk up the Denny Creek Road a couple of
miles back to the other trailhead.
Fishing-- It was great. We fished Melakwa Lakes without much
success, but when we got to Lower Tuscohatchie Lake our luck changed. We
caught fish on power Bait and spinners.
Do it again? Yes
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