Heart Lake Trail is a 4.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Shingletown, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and backpacking and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.5 miles Elevation Gain: 1,017 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

camping

hiking

nature trips

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
7 months ago

Drove up from Redding only to find the bridge out and unable to get to it. 10/19/19. Took Mineral Rd from 44. From the looks of it, it’s gonna be awhile. Bummer

hiking
7 months ago

-Good dog to do with a dog. -The hike is almost all uphill on the way to the lake which offers a nice downhill walk on the way back to the car. -the drive in is long with about 10 miles of gravel roads to get to the trail head. It takes about 2 hours to get there from Redding. -took me about 1.5 hours to reach the lake and 1 hour to get back to the car.

hiking
off trail
rocky
9 months ago

I would recommend this trail for dogs on leash. The last crossing was a bit difficult for an older pup. In July the snow was gone, the trail was dry and the lake was in good view. Be sure to have good trail maps to get their and to follow, gps was minimal.

hiking
blowdown
off trail
11 months ago

There’s no sign at the trailhead to let you know that you’re where you should be.Basically it’s nine miles in from 44. Beginning the trail it’s easily followed. However within a mile the trail gets lost in all the blowdown mess. They’ll be a few creek crossings along the way, but nothing major. We used gps to get us there. Once there it’s a pretty lake. Shallow and without fish. Tough walking around the entire lake. More of the same blowdown. Good enough once, but wouldn’t do it again.

hiking
11 months ago

Looking for the couple walking their three unleashed dogs yesterday who bit my dog in the face

fantastic climb to the lake. had to detour around meltpond just before the lake. swam.

hiking
11 months ago

great trail - begins with an uphill bent eventually leveling out. unfortunately, there were too many snow drifts, fallen trees and marshy areas on 6/9/19 to get more than halfway. Met a Forest Service crew working in the trail, and they were challenged by the conditions as well. All in all, well marked and enjoyable outing

hiking
snow
Thu May 23 2019

Beautiful trail mostly alongside the creek only made it about a mile and a half up before I could no longer follow the trail due to the snow

Fri Dec 14 2018

Lots of fallen limbs and debris making it extremely difficult to follow Trail.

hiking
Fri Oct 26 2018

Off the beaten path, nice little lake reward.

hiking
Thu Oct 25 2018

There used to be another trail to Heart Lake that followed North Fork Digger Creek. Not maintained for years and is mostly grown over. You can still make out some of the tree blazes and see remnants of the tread. Regardless which route you follow, the trail continues past Heart Lake, just nicks the corner of Lassen National Park, and heads south to Glassburner Meadows. Dogs are not restricted to leashes only. There are no regulations requiring a leash. It may be a good idea, though, bears, skunks, porcupine, mountain lion, et al are common in this area.

hiking
Mon Oct 15 2018

Note - This hike is not in the National Park as it says; it's in Lassen National Forest, so, there is no entrance fee. I've done this as a one-way (South to North) shuttle hike, also known as GlassBurner Meadow Shuttle - http://www.lassenhiking.org/Hike-Pages/Glassburner-Meadows/Glassburner-Meadow.htm . As someone else says here, there's a two-mile section of the trail North and East of Heart Lake that is very obscured, so use a GPS/map.

hiking
Tue Aug 07 2012

We started on Mineral Road at the south fork of Digger Creek. The trail runs parallel to the creek and crosses it in several locations. The trail is obscured by downed limbs and large timber in spots but the beauty of the area is well worth the trouble. The lake is pristine, stunning really and larger than in appears on the map. We hiked back down the north fork of Digger creek. The trail is very obscured. The canyon down is narrow, so just heading down hill and staying near the creek is sufficient to get you back to the road. There is a special treat about seven tenths of a mile down. Digger Creek Falls. They are not on the map, but they are multi level, and fall 15 to 20 feet in each of four steps. Simply beautiful. All in all, a great hike. Not for the kids.

hiking
7 months ago

hiking
Sat Sep 08 2018

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Thu Jun 29 2017