Heather Lake

Granite Falls, Washington

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Don’t expect to find much heather growing along the shores of this pretty little subalpine lake. That ubiquitous mountain shrub is pretty hard to find on this hike. But what you can expect to see along the way are some mighty fine old cedars. Expect, too, to be serenaded by babbling brooks, wooed by fine views of Mount Pilchuck’s craggy, rocky north face, and charmed by Heather’s placid waters. Don’t plan on being alone here, however; this easy trail is one of the premier stomping grounds off of the Mountain Loop Highway. On a sunny summer weekend, you’ll likely encounter the entire spectrum of the hiking world, from old-timers to neophytes and everyone in between.
Day Hiking: North Cascades

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Day Hiking: North Cascades

by Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)

Don’t expect to find much heather growing along the shores of this pretty little subalpine lake. That ubiquitous mountain shrub is pretty hard to find on this hike. But what you can expect to see along the way are some mighty fine old cedars.

Expect, too, to be serenaded by babbling brooks, wooed by fine views of Mount Pilchuck’s craggy, rocky north face, and charmed by Heather’s placid waters. Don’t plan on being alone here, however; this easy trail is one of the premier stomping grounds off of the Mountain Loop Highway. On a sunny summer weekend, you’ll likely encounter the entire spectrum of the hiking world, from old-timers to neophytes and everyone in between.

©  Craig Romano/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Granite Falls
Length: 4.6
Elevation Gain: 1,100 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Season: Apr–Nov
Trailhead Elevation: 1,400 feet
Top Elevation: 2,500 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Mount Baker–Snoqualmie National Forest, Darrington Ranger District
Local Maps: Green Trails Granite Falls No. 109
Topo Map: Heather Lake Topographic Map
Guide Book: Day Hiking: North Cascades Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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Recent Trail Reviews

8/2/2009

Good little hike to get the heart rate up. Go to the right and cross avalanche deadfall, or take boardwalk to the left to the little finger at S. end of the lake. Great little spot to swim, sun yourself on a warm rock. Beautiful surroundings of gnarly crags, sharp spires, and lush greenery, plus wilflowers. never thought I would be as impressed as I was with just a little 2-miler. We went on a Sunday afternoon and expected it to be teemong with people, but only a few to be found. We'll definitely go again.

6/22/2009

This is a beautiful day hike. A good mix of switchbacks and old roads. The top of the trail had a stretch about 100 yds of 2-3 feet of snow at the saddle to the lake, and the glaciers on the opposite lake side were spectacular! Waterfalls cascade down from multiple locations creating an almost fantasy like setting. 330 degrees of cliffs surround the lake and the water is so clear you can see fish swimming 15 feet down ! I've done it twice and would go again.

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