Heather Lake Trail

MODERATE 59 reviews
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Heather Lake Trail is a 7.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sequoia National Park, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
7.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2303 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

no dogs

backpacking
23 days ago

Be prepared to hike long trails and inclines. Crossing streams and snow the higher elevation at 4,000/over. Follow the trail to get to the Watchtower view point....what an amazing site. Heather Lake over 9, 345ft+ elevation. You get snow, over overcast, cold/high winds depending on the weather condition(s): check with the rangers before. We went in June 2017 for 3 days and 2 nights, the lake was partial frozen, soft and hard snow, and what I called slushy snow, and it was still cold. We hiked over 20mi+ round trip. Not for kids. Need really good hiking shoes, gears: hiking poles, clamps for shoes, water filter, etc. Must be prepared for camping/backpacking/hiking trip if you're plan on saying overnight, it gets colder the higher you go, over 8,000+ elevation, and ground is still frozen. Need bear canister. Need to check in with the rangers station and get an overnight permit in person before 4pm. Other than that, it was an amazing trip. Try it out! God Bless.

29 days ago

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1 month ago

Thoroughly enjoyed Heather Lake Trail. A cool day on the 23rd of September 2017, about thirty-five degrees at higher altitudes. Spoke to some campers who stayed up there in 20 degree weather last night. Saw a bear!

hiking
2 months ago

Great incline and views. Light showers on the way down. If you are looking for distance and a challenge this is a good choice.

2 months ago

Good amount of climb without being unbearable, and unbelievable views!

hiking
2 months ago

This hike was on my agenda of hikes, a friend tag along, it was her first time hiking, well least to say, SHE HOOK. It was a nice day hike, light showers in the morning, not too many bugs, the water was comfortable to swim. Climbing the watchtower was a little challenging for myself, do not climb the watchtower without proper footwear. Being my friend first hike she felt it was strenuous and as for me, it a clean clear
trail, not many rock steps, an easy to moderate hike.

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3 months ago

Incredible!!!

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3 months ago

Awesome view and floral meadows. Even saw a bear on the trail!!

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