Trip Report: Pratt Lake Basin 24 Nov 2018

Region: I-90 Snoqualmie Pass area

Trailhead: Pratt Lake Trail #1007

Started at the Pratt Lake trailhead around 10am on a Saturday. The lot was more than half empty, despite being a sunny and relatively warm late November morning. The parking lot had slush and some snow off to the sides.

The trail was muddy at the start. Continued on Pratt Lake trail past the junction with the Granite Mountain trail. Around 2800′ the trail began to be covered with slush. By 3400′ this slush was completely turned to snow, which made travel a bit easier. At the junction with the trail down to Talapus Lake and Olallie Lake, the Pratt Lake trail was well worn in the deep snow and there were no footprints leading down to the two lakes. The snow became much deeper past this junction. Eventually there was enough snow that I decided to turn back, just before reaching the junction in the trail leading to Pratt Lake Basin or Island. The trail was still easy to navigate despite the snow, as it’s pretty well-used.

Pratt Lake Trail

 

Trip Report: Kendall Katwalk 8 July 2018

Distance: 12+ miles
Snow: very little
Bugs: lots

After a long day of travel Saturday, I decided to sneak in an unplanned day hike before getting back to “real life”. I’ve been trying to explore more of the I-90 / Snoqualmie Pass area as of late since it’s easy to get to from the city. If you avoid the top 5 common hikes in North Bend (Rattlesnake Ledge & Ridge, Little Si, Si, Mailbox Peak) they’re not even too crowded. A lot of trailheads have been expanded and improved recently, with paved parking, dropoff/pickup zones for the King County Metro Trailhead Direct service, latrines, etc.

I decided to go a bit farther this weekend, to West Summit, I-90 Exit 52. There, at an ample parking area (with an overflow lot even), it only took maybe 5 minutes waiting for someone to leave to get a space and I got there at almost 11am. Probably luck.

The hike to Kendall Katwalk begins just off Exit 52, at the PCT Snoqualmie Pass trailhead. Anyway, a gallery: