Heather Lake Trail

MODERATE 45 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

13 days ago

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

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28 days ago

Amazing trail. Awesome views.

hiking
1 month ago

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1 month ago

This was a tough hike, but worth it for me. There are great views, nice waterfalls to cross, and a somewhat secluded lake to nap at before heading back. There was some snow up around the lake, but nothing to impede our trip.

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1 month ago

1 month ago

beautiful trail with gorgeous views.

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1 month ago

Tried to get to heather lake via hump trail but got hung up in snow on fairly steep grade very near the end. Terrain and altitude got to this tenderfoot. One to try in a few weeks maybe ! We started early in the day so the way up was more shady, less exposed, a good thing.

1 month ago

backpacking
1 month ago

A couple of friends and I chose this trail, initially planning to camp at Heather Lake as it is categorized as a moderate trail. When we went for a permit at Lodgepole, we were informed that Heather Lake is day-use only (seasonal?). We decided to make Emerald Lake our camp and departed the trail head just after noon. The Watchtower trail was closed, pretty sure due to snow (although we did cross paths with a number of people who had used that trail). We elected to continue on the appropriately named Hump trail. About half way up, we encountered snow that obstructed the trail, making it even more of a hump than it normally is. Being out of shape and relatively inexperienced, this trail was very difficult. But the panoramic views that can be seen on either side of Heather Lake were incredible. There was a lot of snow pack still on the ground from Heather Lake on, especially on the North faces. When we came to cross Heather Lake, there was too much steep slush as well as a waterfall on the South side of the lake to cross on that side, there was still a snow bridge over the creek on the North side and we crossed there. We could not locate Emerald Lake before night fall. We were concerned about how long the snow bridge would be viable and decided to turn back at first light the next morning.

I'm planning to go back later in the season, once the snow has melted.

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

Tough trail, particularly when the last half was covered in snow over Memorial Day. We got lost both ways. Didn't have this app! Lake was just melting and was a gorgeous ice blue. Had to do hump route since Watchtower isn't open until much later in the season.