We arrived at the Denny Creek trailhead just before 6:00 a.m. and unloaded two bicycles. Though I meant to lock them to a tree, I closed the U-lock without actually looping both ends of the cable into the lock bar. Oops! We drove down to Pratt Lake trailhead, a few miles downriver, and were on the trail by 6:11 a.m. Note that both these trailheads require a Northwest Forest Pass (or a day use fee deposited in the payment box) and it won’t save you from a ticket unless you actually display it, unlike me who absentmindedly left my annual pass in the glove box. Fortunately, the ranger wasn’t checking today! We were eager to start our loop hike which I estimated to be about 11 miles and approximately 3000 feet of vertical elevation gain.
We arrived at the Denny Creek trailhead at 1:51 p.m., 7 hours and 40 minutes after setting out. It took us about 15 minutes of mostly coasting downhill on our bikes and a little pedaling to reach Pratt Lake trailhead. Blessed day!