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One of my favorite, and not too difficult, trails. This hike is great for anyone of any athletic level. Very kid and pet friendly hike. Have hiked this twice but never saw anyone swim. Bring plenty of water!

Hiked up heather lake on 09/16; was pouring rain for the first half, and it stopped by the time we got to the top. Lots of water & mini waterfalls flowing along the trail, so waterproof boots and clothing highly recommended! Brought a small picnic to eat at the top with the beautiful view of the lake. Overall an awesome hike and will definitely come again on a day with better weather.

*Side note: the drive up the mountain to the trailhead parking lot has A LOT of potholes! I made it fine with the VW Jetta, but just something to watch out for.

Great hike, especially on a clear day. Not too difficult, last stretch is the hardest. Took just over 2 hours to get up.
The road up was full of potholes! The trailhead is about 5 miles past Heather Lake.

Pretty hike, trail is difficult due to rocks and roots and it’s literally a stream. Make sure to wear waterproof shoes since you’ll need to walk in water. The lake is beautiful and the sun was just coming up behind the mountain around 12.

Camped at Cutthroat lakes. Lots of rain and lightning through the night, woke up to blue skies. Enjoyed our time; didn't see any other groups camping but a few dayhikers on the way out.

10 days ago

Agree with previous review. It's a medium-hardness hike. Mailbox was a ton more strenuous.

too much road noise

we had fun! actually took my cat lol. falls were beauitful, we went to the top of the first falls, it was a short hike but thats the only part id considerate moderate, pretty much flat to the bottom of the waterfall. cave was beautiful!

My first time hiking this mountain and it’s not that hard at all compare to MailBox. Amazing View, I definitely go back again when it’s sunny.

Driving all the way up to Mt PilChuck Parking lot was Nuts a lot of holes.
Get there early parking lot gets pack right away.


13 days ago

Very nice trail with great views. It was foggy and cold at the lookout. Plenty of Yummy huckleberries along the way! The round trip hike is exactly 6 miles not 4.8 miles that is listed here...

14 days ago

Excellent hike. Definitely moderate grade with lots of roots and boulders to navigate. Get there early.

Found this hike on accident. I went on a Tuesday so there was no body the whole time! the lake was beautiful and the trail was very easy to stay on!

14 days ago

Great did with dog and friend I had to take like five breaks going up but worth it for gorgeous views

15 days ago

This is a great short hike that is on the easier side of moderate. Really cool view at the top with the lake surrounded by mountain peaks! Lake 22 is cooler in my opinion, but Heather lake is an easier and quicker hike that is less trafficked.

Hiked on 7/27/2018

Nice hike.

The dust was bit out of control!

I love Diablo Lake, gazing at that water will give you sweet dreams. This hike was well worth the two year wait.

Challenging and beautiful hike. The scramble at the top is a bit daunting, but totally worth the view you experience. Took us 3.5 hours total (2 hours up, 1.5 hours down). As everyone else says, the road up to the trailhead is pretty crappy. Not sure why they don't fill in those massive potholes. Made it up okay in a lowered golf though. Will be back again for sure!

18 days ago

I really really liked this hike. I did this right after Mount Pilchuck so in comparison, much quieter, less people, and easier terrain and under half the elevation. A very moderate hike in terms of terrain and scenery but diverse in scenery. The majority of it is dirt, roots, and the occasional pile of rocks to walk over. The best part of this trail to me was the view at the end and the smells and sounds around the lake. In the distance about a half mile from the lake you can vividly hear a waterfall and around and near the lake you can smell the flowers, damp dirt, and a faint smell of pine. We came on a clear day but right after some rain, I bet the smells are even better!

Nothing too strenuous in my opinion but I am 24, 135 lbs, and in fairly good shape. My friend Brian, his Australian Shepard name Oz, and I were able to knock through this no problem in about 1.5 to 2 hours including walking around the lake and taking some spectacular pictures. Our pace averaged around 20 min or so. You could easily trail run this on the way back just being careful of roots, small wet rocks here and there, and your speed down the switchbacks.

No music please! There were a couple groups playing music and in this kind of area (valley and open), you can hear a med loud song for easily a 1/4 mile or so. My friend and I ran to get past the group and far enough ahead so we could enjoy the sounds of nature and our own company. If you wanna listen to music, wear some headphones. Remember, most people do these hikes for the sheer joy of disconnecting and finding peace within nature. Music scares away peaceful thoughts, peaceful sounds, and the wildlife.

Amasing hike!

18 days ago

We went on Sept 2nd for our honeymoon. The trail was great, rugged but definitely worth it!

19 days ago

One of my favorite hikes. Hiked at sunrise on 9/2 with the best possible weather conditions. Clear visibility the whole way up and the view from the lookout is breathtaking. Trekking poles and/or gloves are helpful for navigating as you scramble the granite.

Definitely hard. More Boulder than trail, but no snow. Took my out of shape dad and out of shape me a little over 4 hours. Took my fit 20 and 13-year old brothers just less than 3. Great views (on a clear day!) Saw some super human 7 year olds make it all the way, but can't recommend it for kids or for anyone with joint/back/knee problems. Also saw dogs on the trail, though it looked like they needed to be carried the last stretch. The road up is full of potholes.

The hike itself is beautiful, quiet and mostly clear trail full of big trees and wildflowers perfect for a small child or children. Easy hike not too long up to a wonderful lake with a few places to walk around and see the water, dragonflies, flowers and watch fish jump in scenic dark green lake.

Access to the lake is limited with just the view in between trees and a few places to get right down to the boggy green lush lake. There’s a small space to eat lunch and have the kids explore.

I’m not giving it 5 stars, I would love to but the road up to the trail head is horrible. It’s hard to enjoy the hike when you know you have to drive back down the road which happens to be about 7 miles of miserable damaged road with little space to pull over for cars coming the opposite way. It’s a bad start and finish to what really is an amazing little hike my son absolutely loved. Hope some maintenance to the road in the future could promote a happier hike all around!

spectacular views from the top

19 days ago

Gorgeous hike with amazing view once you get to the open areas of the hike. Started at 7 am and when coming back down it was busy. When I got to the parking lot it was full of groups about to hike up. Not hard for me to hike maybe the last half mile because you gain a lot to get to the end. Saw fresh bear scat so make sure you are loaded or have bear spray. Trail is rocky but well maintained. You won’t be disappointed

Beautiful falls, easy hike but enough so you feel the work a little. Lovely day

The trail and lake were both nice, but there wasn’t much of a trail around the lake. It’s definitely a kid friendly hike, we went with our 4yr old and he enjoyed it.

I’m giving it a 2 star rating because how unbearable the drive to the trail head is. It’s about 6 miles of single lane road filled with large/very large pot holes and rocks... the entire way. We went in a good sized SUV and it was still a pretty uncomfortable drive.

Great runnable trail to an amazingly scenic lake if the sun is out. Most of the trail is through woods and the bushes along it rub you along the way. Important to note if certain plants give you rashes you may want to wear long sleeves. There is a great waterfall that comes off the lake in the woods. You can get to it by going a bit off trail and following the sound. It’s worth seeing. The trailhead is off Mountain Loop Highway however this highway turns into a dirt road with some large potholes so drive carefully as you’ll likely spend 30 minutes on the dirt road part. You’ll be 35 miles from the nearest gas station or cell service some plan accordingly. There have been bear sightings here too. I post photos of my hiking adventures on instagram under “adventuringKR”, which include some solid Goat Lake pics from a nice sunny day. Great place to camp.

trail running
20 days ago

The trail is snow free and very easy to follow. The views are worth the rough road up to the trail head, and the difficult hike. Plan on 15mph or less on the road up to the trail head, it is in pretty bad shape. I will say that the first 2 miles of road have the most potholes.

I love this hike for being family friendly. My three year old can hike a lot of this on her own. It felt a little underwhelming to me until we reached the beautiful wildflower meadow just before the lake. It was absolutely magical seeing all the flowers encased in rolling fog with the mountains in the background. I recommend this hike mostly in the fall with the foliage or when the wildflowers are in bloom, otherwise if you’re going just for the views, there may be better options.

21 days ago

I really enjoyed this trail. it is definitely kid friendly but keep a hold to them when you're on the dry river bed. some dog crap on the trail, that was disappointing. trail is well kept and not much for garbage. parking is okay but not large and you do not need a pass or pay. All and all it was a nice peaceful walk.

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