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    Lower Tuscohatchie Lake Hike

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    19.5 km
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    1,012 m
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    The hike to Lower Tuscohatchie Lake is a hard 19.5 km with 1,012 m of elevation gain, but it’s a great trip to make in a full day or for a backpacking trip. This trail sees moderate traffic that tends to thin out the closer to the lake you get, and you’ll enjoy the serenity of the lakeshore with a waterfall to boot.

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    Route Description for Lower Tuscohatchie Lake Hike

    The hike to Lower Tuscohatchie Lake is a perfect full-day trip or backpacking adventure to a pretty lake with a waterfall. You’ll pass Pratt Lake on the way, but the crowds definitely thin out the closer to your destination you get, giving you a relaxing experience on the lakeshore.

    The hike begins from the Granite Mountain Trailhead. Take Pratt Lake Trail #1007 north, crossing the stream and then curving back to cross it again, then two more. This is a common theme: there are lots of water crossings on this hike!

    After a wide left turn, you’ll traverse west, gaining elevation and crossing countless streams and creeks. The trail curves north again around the foot of the mountain beside you, and you should be able to see Talapus Lake below on your left.

    Wrap around the north end of Olallie Lake, switchbacking to lose a bit of elevation into the valley that Pratt Lake sits in. Even more creek crossings bring you around the eastern shore of the lake. The talus field that leads you into the Pratt Lake Basin may be challenging for some, but just take your time.

    The half-mile climb from Pratt Lake to Lower Tuscohatchie is a harder finish, but you’ll just need to take Melakwa Lake Trail directly east to reach it. From the lakeshore, you’ll retrace your steps back to the trailhead.

    Getting to the Lower Tuscohatchie Lake Hike Trailhead

    The trailhead for the hike to Lower Tuscohatchie Lake is on National Forest Development Road 9034 off I-90.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground

      Pratt Lake Backcountry, Lower Tuscohatchie Lake Backcountry

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    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly

      Older Children only

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    • Route Type

      Out and back

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