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hiking
2 days ago

Fun hike! Not too difficult but enough uphill/roots/rocks to present a bit of a challenge (keep in mind, I moved here from one of those flat states in the middle, so you’re mileage may vary). It was a bit hazy today, due to wildfire smoke, but still a pretty spot! Hung out by the lake for a bit and only saw a few other people. Got to the trailhead about 10 and only four other cars in lot...lots more when I left at 1 (especially for a Monday, I thought).

Last four miles of the drive to the trailhead are on a gravel road...the road isn’t in bad shape but not fun if you already have to pee!

hiking
6 days ago

I went on the 4th of July. I lucked out with parking. Judging by the amount of cars, I considered not going but was able to get a parking spot at the trailhead. Based on the amount of cars, I was pleasantly surprised to not really meet up with too many people for the about the first mile. The rocks weren't as bad as the roots as people have mentioned. I wouldn't take little kids but I saw plenty trekking without a problem. I had a dog and encountered about 18 others throughout the day. All but one were on leashes. The mud greets you near the top. I'd say the last half mile. The worst part were the bugs at the top. I didn't notice them once I crossed the wood planked walkway. definitely be prepared. Beautiful, relatively easy hike. I'd defi do it again.

hiking
7 days ago

easy to find, well maintained, mostly shaded moderate hike. would definitely do it again. nice little lake at the top to stop and eat lunch.

The trail is clean and easy but people leave their trash there. There was a pile of trash by a tree. Diapers, cigaret butts and bags of dog poop everywhere. What is going on?

did this trail October 2017. went with a group of 4, which was a good size. it was cool in temperature but no one in the lake. cool rock wall at the lake.

hiking
11 days ago

Challenging and very worth it. It took us about five hours to do the trail including around the lake. We saw some fresh bear scat on the other side of the lake.

hiking
12 days ago

Thimble berries and huckleberries season is open, the snack bars line the trail. This trail is shaded and a good choice if it is hot. I found it moderate/hard as there are a lot of tricky steps with roots or rocks and hiking sticks helped a great deal. Looks like the Gardener was hard at work, the trail around the lake is lined with ferns and charming Bunch Berry in bloom. A swim in the clear water was the best reward and the GREEN is a balm to the eyes. You will love it! A perfect wedding anniversary hike!

hiking
14 days ago

took two 4 year olds. harder than anticipated but still not difficult. the lake is beautiful and totally worth it. took about 3 hours round trip with about an hour break in the middle for lunch

Great hike and a beautiful view. I jumped in the lake and it was cold but felt so good from the hike.

Tough trail but manageable with hiking sticks. It's definitely not a beginner trail. The uneven terrain with rocks and roots going uphill on the way to the lake was quite an adventure. But on the way back it's all downhill!!

Heather Lake is hard to find! For those who have never been there, you need to enter the Pilchuck Access Road, and Heather Lake Trail Head is up the road, with the Pulchuck Trail Head further up. The road going up has huge potholes, so drive slow.

This trail is rated moderate, but would rate it moderate/hard. It’s fairly steep and is all tree roots, rocks, and more boulders! Most of the hike is tree covered until you get to the lake.

Once at the top, the lake is very nice. It’s not as clear or pretty as others, but still pretty enough with the mountains and waterfalls behind, and worth doing. I jumped in for a swim and it felt amazing!

Make sure to have your National Forest Pass with you. And bring bug spray! Misquotes and flies were horrible!

The road up to the trail head was pretty rough on my car that doesn't have shocks >.< My family and I went for a late afternoon hike, starting about 3pm and there was 75 people that had already did the trail :) per the trail registrar however our hike wasn't very crowded at all! The trail was pretty moderate with its incline with lots of spots where roots and rocks will become your stairs! The views at the top are breath taking and the water felt great!

Beautiful hike but too much garbage once you get to the waterfall.

hiking
22 days ago

Gave it a 4* rating for convenience to escape the hustle and bustle of the city

Beautiful woodsy and easy hike! I loved the river spot! Sometimes you just don't want to climb 3,000 feet!

Gorgeous old growth forest with a breath taking Lake at the top. Easy enough

backpacking
24 days ago

Great trail!

Parking was definitely a challenge. First visit on this trail. It was scenic and nice, several spots could have been wrong turns but we found our way. Not muddy at all today! Many families with small children, some thought it was a bit far to carry toddlers.

hiking
24 days ago

I love this hike. I took my standard poodle and chihuahua. 1hr up and 1hr back down.

Beautiful lake at top.

Great trail a few places not marked so well but loved the hike

hiking
25 days ago

Definitely moderate took about an hour from the parking area to the lake, it was a beautiful day! Highly recommend this hike!

on Iron Goat Trail

25 days ago

I would consider easy not moderate trail, take repellent the mosquitos on the trail are relentless. Great history, not crowded and perfect for a fun easy hike.

on Heather Lake Trail

27 days ago

Cloudy so we couldn’t see across the lake but it was a fun hike that wasn’t too easy and wasn’t too hard

on Barclay Lake Trail

28 days ago

Easy trail, pretty views around the lake. Lots of camping spots, would be a nice place to backpack. Lots of children and families.

My wife and I took our kids (2 & 3) out for this hike. Relatively easy hike. Everything was dried up except Dosewallips River so it was not incredibly rewarding. There was a tree across the Maple Valley Trail but the rangers had already headed out to take care of it. We will be back in the winter but not high on our priorities.

My 3 year old fell off the bridge because he tripped over the middle railing in disrepair and landed on the rocks below so be careful with your little ones!!

nice walk to the old kiln and nice good cold swim at the river! but warmer than lake 22

hiking
28 days ago

i am a total novice. Didn't realize it was in the middle of the west tiger 3 trail. It was steep for me to get there but once finally there it was awesome. worth it for me!

Great waterfall hike with lots of wildflowers.

Get there early! Beautiful hike. Not over crowded in the early morning. When we left at 1pm, the parking lot was packed! Trail was quite enjoyable.
Also don’t forget bug spray.

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