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1 day ago

Awesome fall day with my pup and my babe! We almost missed the falls until my dog ran up the side trail! It's was stunning and the cave, so cool! We played around at the base for a bit then continued up to the top of the falls, and then even further till we found an rad little campsite! It was a perfect little short round trip, just what we were looking for! :)

2 days ago

The Lake at the top is worth the climb. Got to trail around 10:20am and parking lot was full. The trail is well maintained but one needs waterproof hiking boots. Down hill was much harder since some parts of the trail have tons of loose rocks.

hiking
2 days ago

A fun hike with a decent climb. I started on the trail at 8:45 and ran into 4-5 groups on my way up. I started back at around 10 and the trail had gotten very busy.

Beautiful! Great hike!

Not the most strenuous hike out there but unbelievable lake and surrounding mountain views!!! Circled around the lake a few times since it was so stunning

We did this hike right after climbing Mt Pilchuck. It was a well marked trail, It was around 11am and there was a good amount of people on the trail. It is a very easy trail for beginners. The views of the lake are really pretty and worth stopping by for a short hike. The road to this parking lot was very bumpy, we had a truck so we were alright.

super easy trail with pretty views at the end. Not worth more than 1.9m one way but if you're pressed on time this is good

Amazing.

hiking
6 days ago

We always skipped this hike because of how crowded it is, but I am so happy we went this weekend! Save the hike for a rainy day and you’ll have a near-empty trail. The colors at the lake are gorgeous right now. Slow and steady incline with a nearly flat walk around the lake.

Great trail. Might be rough for small children.

Nice

hiking
8 days ago

Beautiful area. It took us about 90min to reach the lake. It was rather foggy while we were at the lake, which restricted views but it was still beautiful. In cooler weather, watch out for ice glaze on the raised wooden platforms as you walk around the lake, they were really slippery, but don’t look it.

It took us 3 hr 45 minutes from start to finish, and according to my Fitbit, it was more like 7.5 miles. We arrived at 8:45am on a Saturday, and had no troubles finding parking.

That first leg to the lake was tough at times since it’s pretty steep sometimes, and the return is challenging because navigating the loose rocks while going downhill can be tricky, but I still managed fine and I’m no outdoorsy, hiking master, just an average person of average fitness levels. Though I was absolutely wiped at the end of it. Wear hiking shoes for sure though, you’ll want something with good traction. And ideally water resistant/proof, there was a lot of running water over the trails.

hiking
10 days ago

This was a wonderful hike for a beginner hiker like me! The views at the top were gorgeous. Just make sure to bring waterproof shoes.

Arrived about 11:00 on Wednesday, October 3. Only one car in the parking area. Road does have big potholes but my Subaru Forester did fine. It’s a flat road and easy to get around most the holes.

Trail is really wet. Not muddy, just running water in a lot of the area. Waterproof shoes are a plus. It’s a good hike, but nothing particularly amazing about it, looks almost exactly like Lake 22.

Nice lake, super clear and clean, no bugs. Still a little patch of snow at the lake, that was a pleasant surprise.

I had done this in some heavy snow a few years back and I found the hike much prettier then.

13 days ago

Absolutely stunning views! You follow a river basically all the way up the trail. This trail offers it all from feeling like you are in an enchanted forest to rocky mountain areas and then what everyone comes here for a freaking lake nestled into a snow capped mountain!

hiking
15 days ago

Beware of the 1 mile stretch of potholes to the trailhead! Otherwise, everything else is nice.

hiking
16 days ago

The path is well marked. The trail is rocky. Streams and puddles cross the path several times. There wasn’t enough water to warrant water proof boots yet. But a few more rainy days will change this.
Highlights: The large stumps are hard to miss. Fun to cross the small waterfall. The lake and the large cliff behind it is well worth the effort.

Great Hike! We went on a Wednesday, so it wasn’t very busy. I definitely suggest waterproof shoes since there’s lots of water run offs across the trail or an extra pair of socks. The lake was well worth the hike, I suggest taking the loop around the lake, we found a nice spot to picnic & watch the fish jump.

life changing!!!

hiking
18 days ago

Beautiful hike, totally worth the climb. Stunning lake

hiking
19 days ago

Crystal clear (but freezing!) lake at the top. A bit steep in parts but worth the effort. Many great places around the lake to wade in or have a picnic.

hiking
20 days ago

Really enjoyed this hike. The first half is quite easy, but it gets a bit more difficult closer to the lake with a lot of rocky terrain. The views get better as the hike gets more difficult though! We didn’t hike all the way around the lake, but enjoyed a good break there taking in the views. Clouds were low when we hiked, but it was still beautiful!

21 days ago

Bring water and waterproof shoes that help support ankles. Beautiful trail. Sharp rocks.

hiking
22 days ago

Trail is in awesome condition! Rainy season is definitely upon us. Remember to bring rain gear and wear waterproof shoes, you have to navigate through some creeks and a small waterfall. We saw a couple families with small children turn around due to the creeks flowing through the trail. My pup absolutely LOVED it and jumping on over all the roots and big rocks along the way!

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.

on Lake 22 Trail

hiking
25 days ago

Love the lake and waterfalls. Trail is a stair-climber but very well maintained with no trail junctions (easy navigation).

26 days ago

Beautiful hike! You can hear streams and see waterfalls all throughout the hike. Get here early, the parking lot is full by 10:30 on the weekend. Lots of families and people hiking on the weekend but still did not feel crowded.

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.

Did not like feeling like I was walking along people's back yards. then the trail crossed a street ended up in a schools playground. on the other side of the play ground the trail opened up to the other half. on the way back kids were on recess I didn't want police called on me so I walked around the school & found the street & walked along it until I found the opening of the trail again.

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