Heather Lake Trail

Granite Falls, Washington

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The steep and rocky trail ascends through magnificent old-growth cedar and hemlock to a lake in a cirque at the foot of Mount Pilchuck. The trail begins on a 1940s logging road, comfortably wide but surfaced with sharp rock. Children will find footing difficult in places, and toddlers may need to be carried. The last half-mile winds through big trees. The lake is large enough for children to wade and splash in.
Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

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Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

by Joan Burton (The Mountaineers Books)

The steep and rocky trail ascends through magnificent old-growth cedar and hemlock to a lake in a cirque at the foot of Mount Pilchuck. The trail begins on a 1940s logging road, comfortably wide but surfaced with sharp rock.

Children will find footing difficult in places, and toddlers may need to be carried. The last half-mile winds through big trees. The lake is large enough for children to wade and splash in.

©  Joan Burton/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Granite Falls
Length: 4
Elevation Gain: 800 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Day hike or backpack
Season: Mid-June through October
Trailhead Elevation: 1,600 feet
Top Elevation: 2,400 feet
Local Contacts: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Darrington Ranger District
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 109 Granite Falls
Topo Map: Heather Lake Trail Topographic Map
Guide Book: Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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Recent Trail Reviews

6/13/2010

Fairly easy trail but very muddy and wet. The lake is beautiful with a really nice flat loop trail at the top that takes you around the lake. Gorgeous waterfalls created from snow melt on the cliffside aboe the lake. Mosquitos were bad this time of year so bring bug spray. Was a little cold and windy as well, weather could be great 5 miles away and still misty and cloudy at the lake. Very crowded trail which is mostly why I don't give it better than 3 stars.

4/25/2010

Nice day hike all around. Parking is easy, the trail is easy to follow although wet the entire way. It is rocky and filled with ruts, puddles, creek crossings and switch backs. This time of year the top of the top quarter mile or so is covered in snow, as is the whole area around the lake, which is still covered in ice. While at the lake we watched several avalanches tumble down the slopes of Mt Pilchuck. We took two dogs with us who loved to romp and climb the obstacles both on trail and off. This hike didnt get 5 stars from me for one reason, the crowds. despite being early in season the parking lot was full, there was traffic both directions on the trail and it was difficult to find peace around the lake.

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