Heather Lake Trail

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Washington

Distance2.9mi
Elevation Gain1,623ft
Trailhead Elevation2,745ft
Top3,980ft
Elevation Min/Max2707/3980ft
Elevation Start/End2745/2745ft

Heather Lake Trail

Heather Lake Trail is a hiking trail in Chelan County, Washington. It is within Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest and Henry M. Jackson Wilderness Area. It is 2.9 miles long and begins at 2,745 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,623 feet. The Heather Lake Trailhead parking is near the trailhead.

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Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades (The Mountaineers Books)
Joan Burton
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"The trail is steep; the lake is big and beautiful. The hot summer day when I was there, children were having a fine time swimming and playing on the rocks around the shore. The trail begins in old-growth unprotected Wenatchee National Forest. At 1 mile, it crosses Lake Creek and enters the Henry M. Jackson Wilderness. At 1½ miles, a series of murderously steep switchbacks climbs 900 feet in a very long mile that will seem like ten. (I went by two boys trying to lug an in?ated raft up this trail. I wonder if they made it—the last I saw of them they were complaining from underneath it in muffled voices that there was no place to set it down.) The grade finally eases and continues another ¾ mile to sparkling Heather Lake, elevation 3953 feet, in a glacier-scooped cirque basin beneath Grizzly Peak. Many good campsites are scattered about among berry bushes and driftwood. Each comes with a view."

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Trail Information

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
Nearby City
Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
Parks
Difficult
Skill Level
Wenatchee National Forest, Lake Wenatchee Ranger District
Local Contacts
Green Trails No. 144 Benchmark Mountain; USFS Okanogan and Wenatchee
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