Less than an hour from Seattle, the Pratt Lake Trailhead takes hikers to the shores of the Pratt Lake Basin, surrounded by alpine peaks, forests and talus slopes. The strenuous hike is undoubtedly worth the effort, and day-hikers will wish they brought their tent. Find a good spot for a swim, and enjoy a beautiful retreat to the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.
This is a difficult one way trail in Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.
The drive to the Pratt Lake Trailhead from Seattle is straightforward, just up I-90 east of Seattle approximately 50 minutes, traffic permitting. The trailhead begins on the same trail as that leading to Granite Mountain, but soon hits a junction. Veer left for Pratt Lake.
To break up the hike, Olallie Lake offers first-come first-serve camping on its glistening shore, and great swimming opportunities.
For those looking to put in more miles, there are plenty of lakes in the vicinity if you don't mind putting in a few more miles. Check out Talapus, Island and Rainbow lakes, or the Lower Tuscohatchie Lake just past Pratt Lake on the trail that leads to Melakwa Lake and around to Denny Creek.
Make sure to display your Northwest Forest Pass in the parking lot.