Heather Lake Trail

Skykomish, Washington 98288

Heather Lake Trail

Heather Lake Trail Professional Review and Guide

"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

Skykomish
Nearby City
6.5
Distance
1,300 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
Day hike or backpack
Duration
July-October
Season
2,600 feet
Trailhead Elevation
3,900 feet
Top Elevation
Wenatchee National Forest, Lake Wenatchee Ranger District
Local Contacts
Green Trails No. 144 Benchmark Mountain; USFS Okanogan and Wenatchee
Local Maps

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Jul 2018