Heather Lake Trail is a hiking trail in Snohomish County, Washington. It is 2.5 miles long and begins at 1,381 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,305 feet. The Heather Lake Trailhead parking is near the trailhead.
Heather Lake Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"The trail to Heather Lake offers an interesting and rewarding hike with just enough challenge to make the swim at the end all the more inviting— at least during high summer. If you prefer solitude, the lake also makes for a worthwhile destination during some of the colder months, thanks to its low elevation and dramatic setting beneath 1,500-foot cliffs."
--Andrew Weber and Bryce Stevens, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Seattle - Including Bellevue, Everett, and Tacoma (Menasha Ridge Press).
"The very popular walk to Heather Lake is short, but it’s a classic: old-growth and mature second-growth forest, perennial creeks, peekaboo views, and a lake situated in a beautiful setting. Mount Pilchuck towers above, and a long ribbon of water falls into the lake. Midsummer swimming is always a possibility, and anglers are known to frequent the lake nearly year-round. Wildflower displays along the rocky shoreline are usually pretty good, as is berry picking in the fall."
--Peter Stekel, Best Hikes Near Seattle (Falcon Guides).
"The steep and rocky trail ascends through magnificent old-growth cedar and hemlock to a lake in a cirque at the foot of Mount Pilchuck. The trail begins on a 1940s logging road, comfortably wide but surfaced with sharp rock. Children will find footing difficult in places, and toddlers may need to be carried. The last half-mile winds through big trees. The lake is large enough for children to wade and splash in."
--Joan Burton, Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades (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, Day Hiking: North Cascades (The Mountaineers Books).
"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."
--Dan A. Nelson, Snowshoe Routes: Washington (The Mountaineers Books).
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