Alpine Lakes Basin – Pratt River Trail & Lower Tuscoha Lake

Pratt Lake

Light cloud cover on the AM hike out by Pratt Lake.


Distance: 19 miles – 6 miles in to Pratt Lake, with a bushwack down the unmaintained Pratt River Trail (2.5 miles / 1500 ft elevation each way) and finally camping at Lower Tuscoha Lake (.6 each way)
Elevation Gain: 5300 Feet
Date: July 1 – 2, 2014
Hikers: Groucho, the Golden Archer, Olivia (the dog)
Duration: overnight 1pm – 11am

Groucho sez:

The Golden Archer and I wanted a quick adventure, so we headed back to exit 47 to explore some topography Harpo and I didn’t have a chance to get to earlier in the week. The Pratt Lake trail was in great shape, but we decided to see if we could get down to Pratt River after we made it to the Alpine Lakes Basin area. The Pratt River Trail is unmaintained from the basin (though there is a great, cutty camp spot right before the trail starts to descend) and looks it – it was a rough 2.5 miles to the river, following pink tape blazes. We lost the trail at the river crossing – the water was a little too high to comfortably cross with the dog buddy – and decided to camp back up at the lake basin. Overall a great adventure, and its always rewarding to explore a new trail, even if the end is not totally what one expects.

Lower Tuscoha Lake

Early morning mist on Lower Tuscoha Lake.

Pratt River Trail

When the WTA sez “UNMAINTAINED” they mean it…

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