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Dr. Evil
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PostMon Jun 25, 2018 11:24 am 
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Nice Sunday. I've never been to Rainy Lake. Very nice. My Topo App says it's 4 miles from parking lot to Lake. It seemed farther. Is this an accurate distance measurement? Also, I know there is a tarn up higher that I'm thinking might be a very cool place to spend the night. Is the route straight up the rockpile at end of lake? Ditto for route to top of Preacher?
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PostMon Jun 25, 2018 2:53 pm 
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The grid of light gray lines are 1 mile X 1 mile.
So "as the crow flies" the hike is 4 miles.
Add in all the switchbacks and angles and it is closer to 5.

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PostMon Jun 25, 2018 5:44 pm 
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Dr. Evil wrote:
Is this an accurate distance measurement? Also, I know there is a tarn up higher that I'm thinking might be a very cool place to spend the night. Is the route straight up the rockpile at end of lake? Ditto for route to top of Preacher?

You cross the outlet and head up that ridge on your map to get to the tarn. I've only seen it buried in snow but it looked like a nice area. This is the way up to Preacher's summit too.

Approaching area of the upper tarn. We took the ridge to the right to reach the summit (not in view).
Approaching area of the upper tarn. We took the ridge to the right to reach the summit (not in view).

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PostFri Jun 29, 2018 4:54 pm 
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How was the trail? The USFS took this out of their "inventory" years ago and have not maintained it. For a while a private person kept it open. I haven't been up there in years and I'm curious how easy it is to follow the trail and how much blowdown there is. Many of the area trails  got a lot of trees down in the fall storms of 2015.

There is a memorial to Trail Blazer George Lewis there somewhere, but I have not seen it.

Also, the Trail Blazers call the tarn up above "Buried Hatchet Lake". I wonder if there's a story behind that other than a reference to Hatchet Lake on the other side of the ridge.

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PostFri Jun 29, 2018 9:28 pm 
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PostSat Jun 30, 2018 6:02 am 
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How was the trail?

Someone has put a lot of love into the trail. Chainsaw and a lotta work. Trail was easy to follow couple of trees to work around as you can imagine, but nothing difficult.
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PostSun Jul 01, 2018 9:03 am 
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puzzlr wrote:
Also, the Trail Blazers call the tarn up above "Buried Hatchet Lake". I wonder if there's a story behind that other than a reference to Hatchet Lake on the other side of the ridge.

That name was coined by George Lewis because he found an old hatchet buried in a tree.

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PostTue Jul 03, 2018 2:55 pm 
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Thanks Brian. It's fun to hear about these things.

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PostSun Apr 14, 2019 4:37 pm 
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Happened upon this trail while exploring the middle fork and pratt river areas today. We made it a few miles up the trail until my party got sick of the mud and I let them convince me to turn around. I might have to go back here solo sometime.

Seems like almost all of the elevation gain was done in the first mile or so. A real wet and rooty climb. After that things were mostly flat but there were a few tiny creek crossings that got muddy.
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PostMon Apr 15, 2019 1:36 pm 
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My old GPS track, from when i went up mapping trails in Middle Fork (about 2005), shows trail is 3.2 miles. From, meeting Pratt Connector trail, to lake. That track is incorporated in "NorthWest Topos" (<Switchbacks.com>). 1080 feet elevation at Pratt Connector Trail junction and 3800 feet ASL at lake.

That lower portion of creek was logged with Caterpillars, back in 1938-ish, up to about 1700 feet ASL.
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PostMon Apr 15, 2019 3:42 pm 
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Its a great hike.

Joe-Bob looking towards the outlet
Joe-Bob looking towards the outlet
Rainy lake as the trail hits the lake
Rainy lake as the trail hits the lake
Here's to you Mr. Lewis
Here's to you Mr. Lewis

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