Type of HikeOvernight
Trail ConditionsObstacles on trail:
Overgrown in places.
The trail to Rainy Lake was not as difficult to follow as we had expected. The new Pratt Connector trail is a veritable highway, and the junction with the Rainy Lake trail is obvious just past the wooden bridge over Rainy Creek. Beyond here there is no engineered trail tread, but rather a moss-free path through the woods, over roots and rocks and the forest floor. A few yellow ribbons and tags marked the way, but were not continuous enough to be relied upon for navigation. Just pay attention to where others have walked before, look for cut logs, pruned branches, scuffed needles. The trail is very steep in several sections, ascending directly without switchbacks. There were a dozen or so large trees down on the trail; some had hand and foot holds chopped into them for crossing. This trail would be more challenging in wet weather due to its steepness, muddy spots, and brushy vegetation. About 3/4 of the way to the lake, just before crossing the last creek, we had a run-in with a bunch of mean, angry hornets. We were each stung multiple times. Hiking out the next day, we met two day-hikers who also were stung at the same place. Use extreme caution for the rest of the summer on this trail, and avoid this hike entirely if you are allergic to bee stings. Rainy Lake itself is pleasant and very quiet. We camped on the west shore at the "memorial plaque" campsite, and fished a little. The area around the lake is loaded with ripe huckleberries right now. A fun, adventurous hike.