A fine day in the Alpine Lakes
Rhone and I decided to do an afternoon hike. Selecting Pratt Mountain as our destination as it's on the Home Court 100 and we have been keen to explore the area behind Bandera Mountain and see the Pratt River valley. We departed at about 1:45 PM and found a parking spot in the main area! We took the Talapus trailhead and circumnavigated Olallie lake clockwise, taking the boot path at the north end of the lake to connect with the Pratt Lake trail just below the ridge connecting to Tusk O' Granite. We followed the route provided by TheDavil on June 15th (thanks!), entering the talus field at the switchback just prior to descending to Island and Rainbow lakes. We traversed Northwest, following a series of cairns which led to the main talus field and also Northwest in direction, which will position you West of the summit. Ascend straight up to get directionally correct with the summit.
Rhone did not like the rocks so I begrudgingly yielded and blazed a trail downwards along the ridge. This was fraught with, well more rocks, navigation challenges, brush beating, nearly getting cliffed out and unplanned veggie and dirt glissades. I used my GPS and tried to keep on the ridgeline as best as possible, keeping left of some large rocks about 2/3rd of the way down and finally reconnected back to the Island & Rainbow lakes trail. See my GPX file in my AllTrails link to see the route up and down. Any advice on a different route up, per TheDavil's comment, and also better beta on route-finding along the ridge for future trips is welcome. We connected with the main trail about 8:30 and donned our headlamps for an unplanned night hike out. All in all a great day. A super perspective of Granite, Tusk O' Granite, Bandera, Mount Defiance, Revolution Peak and Russian Butte in the distance, and a great view of all lakes in the area, and the Pratt River basin leading out to the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie area.
Links to all photos taken and GPX are in the AllTrails link, and the Moves Count link provides a cleaner GPX recording, cleaning up errant data on the way down.
Beautiful blue bird day to snowshoe up the east ridge of Pratt via the Pratt Lake / Granite Mountain trailhead. Trip report here.
Beautiful clear day with snow on the ground. Snowy scramble.
Fun hike with Gimpilator and crew.
Needed to strap on the snowshoes after the turnoff for Pratt Lake/Island Lake. Not treacherous going up the bolder field in the shallow snow. Totally worth the haul.
Finally did this one after many years putting it off.
Mild temps and swift travel up the trail. Brush wasn't quite full foliage yet, so bush-whacking went relatively easy.
Hike from Talapus/Ollallie lakes, then uphill via brushbash to meet Pratt Lake Trail.
Not the ideal hike for summer but it gave us a peak on a rainy day.
snowshoe via Granite Mtn TH. beautiful day.
I've been up many times. Easy boulder climb from the south in summer More interesting as a winter snowshoe trip. The one big step can be an easy walk up or a deal breaker from year to year.
Nice place, worth a visit. Trail map at http://www.willhiteweb.com/snoqualmie_pass/pratt_mountain/talapus_lake_234.htm
Total sunshine all day long. Several friends from both OSAT and NWHikers.net were a part of this trip. Some of the usual suspects included Greg, Alexei, Anna, and Ben. It did get windy until we were on the ridge top above Olallie Lake. There was a constant push of 20 miles an hour with sustained gusts reaching 40 to 45 miles an hour. This eventually forced us to drop down below the ridge top. I have to say it's the best view of Kaleetan Peak I've seen.
beautiful fall day with no snow
Scrambled up this easy summit and spent about an hour basking in the sun. About 20 minutes from the trail.
Started from Granite Mtn trailhead, did Granite, Tusk O Granite and Pratt. Great fun! Awesome views, beautiful day.
Hiked while doing a traverse of Pratt to Granite. Nice summit, much less crowded than Granite.
The boulder scramble was not too technical, and I actually thought that it was fun to climb. The "false summit" offers very scenic views. Highly recommended summit-climb.