Heather Lake

Granite Falls, Washington 98252

Heather Lake

Heather Lake Professional Review and Guide

"The Heather Lake Trail can be a wonderful route for snowshoers as it
climbs just 2 miles—gaining more than 1000 feet—through thick second-
growth forest to arrive at a stunningly beautiful alpine lake nestled in a
deep rock cirque on the north face of Mount Pilchuck."

Heather Lake Reviews

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5/5/2008
We attempted this trail on foot without snowshoes. The first half was great (but a lot of downed trees), but half way up we met the snow. Which was a pain because it was all meltey and slushey. However - the view from the top was absolutely amazing and definitely worth it!
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1/28/2007
Beautiful sunny day.. no new snow.. didn't even use our snowshoes, just our "boot chains". The trail was well used and easy to follow. Trees over the trail in several spots were annoying, but do-able. The lake was mostly frozen and the surroundings were like a postcard, sparkling snow against a crystal clear blue sky <sigh> Took us about 2 hours in and 1 1/2 out.. well worth it!!!
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1/6/2007
Beautiful trail leading through peaceful winter wonderland. We didn't need snowshoes for the first mile but they were handy afterwards since we were the first group out there that day and had to break the trail. There were very visible signs of recent wind storm along the trail, especially in the lower part. We had to climb over few trees but generally the trail is in a good condition and makes for a very enjoyabale winter adventure.
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12/17/2006
The weather was great. There were several downed trees at the begining of the trail that made it a little confusing to find the trail. The snow was packed down pretty hard from all the snowshoe and foot traffic. I didnt need to wear my snowshoes. However due to many icy spots I wished I had some Yaktracks or other traction device. But despite the ice it was a great hike with modest elevation gain and great views at the end of the trail.
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1/28/2006
There was hardly any snow until half way up. The trail was like walking through a stream or creek. Very Wet! The Lake was beautiful.
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1/19/2003
There has not been much snow this fall/winter, so hiking has been a good option to hitting the slopes with the boards. This short hike was a great option on a beautiful day. The workout was refreshing and a good option when starting out late in the day. The elevation gain was a good workout, the view once at the lake was beautiful with the clouds/fog, sun and snow and ice on the lake. This is a great wintertime hike, even if it were to rain, as the trail is mostly covered by trees. Enjoy!
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6/19/2002
The Heather Lake trail does not contain many steep hills, but as with all hiking experiences does have it's share of swithbacks and inclines. The trail crosses a few streams along the route and ends at the lake. The trail is mostly secluded by trees, but there are a few periods of sun breaks. The lake is out in the open, a good place to catch some rays and have lunch. I have been to Heather Lake in the late spring and the late summer. In late May on my last trip, the half way poing was snow covered the rest of the way to the lake. Half the lake was frozen and snow covered as well, but lunch on the bridge was pleasant and the area beautiful to view covered in snow, the tempature that day was about 70 degrees. During the late summer you will find the view on the trail very different and much dryer. Well worth the trip. Great hike for beginners, kids, and those wanting a relaxing hike.
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Trail Information

Granite Falls
Nearby City
4
Distance
1,100 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
4 hours
Duration
Early January to late February
Season
Mount Pilchuck State Park
Local Contacts
Green Trails: Granite Falls No. 109
Local Maps

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