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

Nearby City
1,300 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Day hike or backpack
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