Heather Lake Trail

MODERATE 21 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.

7.8 miles 2303 feet Out & Back

backpacking

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

no dogs

snowshoeing
11 days ago

Did this trail in early March. There was plenty of snow, so bring your snowshoes or skis. Trail is pretty easy to follow, but be warned that the grade and elevation can really get to you on this one. Plan several hours for your trip. Much of the views along the way are slightly obscured by trees, so if you are able really try to get to the pass at "the Hump" for spectacular sweeping views.

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hiking
5 months ago

September 17, 2016 // Highly recommend a day hike to Heather Lake. A stunning hike to a spectacular mountain lake! Not a truly difficult hike, but you should be in decent shape. Start early so you have time to take photos along the way and spend time at the lake. Trekking poles helped. Bring plenty of water, snacks for the hike, and pack lunch to enjoy at the lake. We took the Watchtower trail instead of the Hump trail where the Lakes trail splits. Thanks for the recommendation, folks. Amazing breathtaking views along the hike and at the lake. Loved it. Will definitely do it again!

hiking
6 months ago

Last year on Memorial Day 2015 I tried hiking this trail but the Watch Tower was closed due to snow and ice, so I hiked to Pear Lake via the Hump instead, that was also a great all day hike. This year on Labor Day 2016 my wife and I went back and complete the Watch Tower to Heather Lake. Great views, but if you have the stomach for it I would suggest to get scramble up the tower and out towards the edge, views are so much better.

6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike. Took the Watchtower trail on the way out and the Hump trail coming back. This is a pretty much upward climb all the way. Hump trail started to go up and then started a decent all the way out. Saw a bear and cub at the watchtower/hump trail junction coming back.

8 months ago

found this on accident today. my husband wanted to be kind, so decided to hike in our back yard. didnt realize how many peoplw would be visiting our back yard. i run, had no problem at all with elevation. i think this would be a great running trail. my husband doesnt run, but did fairly well. we enjoyed a burger and ice cream at Lodgepole before heading back.

backpacking
8 months ago

somewhat challenging uphill hike most of the way up, really steep towards the end of the hike, beautiful view of the lake and some waterfalls. a lot of bugs and horse droppings on the way up I'd recommend a bug net to cover your head

hiking
9 months ago

amazing views

1 year ago

Amazing hike full of breathtaking sights!

hiking
1 year ago

A nice hike to the watchtower with beautiful views that leads to a refreshing lake at Heather Lake, No Camping here. Then make a small loop of the hiking by taking the hump back to the trail head. makes for a good stroll threw the woods.

hiking
2 years ago

Great hike. Rather difficult with a full pack on. This area is very scenic, but keep going for even better.

hiking
2 years ago

Great hike, take the watchtower route on the way up and hump on the way back. Crystal clear water, I caught 4 beautiful rainbow trout in about an hour up there.

hiking
2 years ago

Tough hike if you take the Hump route but beautiful views the whole time.

hiking
3 years ago

Awesome hike. take the Watchtower trail. I had no idea this hike had such a elevation gain of 4336ft. Incredible. This lake is an oasis in the mountains and worth the trip. Have fun!

hiking
3 years ago

Good hike, great views. There are two options to get to the lake, the Watertower trail and the Hump trail. I recommend taking the Watertower trail to Heather Lake and the Hump trail back. On the Watertower trail you'll hug the mountain and look over a granite precipice. Amazing. The Hump trail is a short steep climb from the lake but the rest of the way is down.