Heather Lake Trail

MODERATE 30 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

hiking
2 days 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.

2 days ago

backpacking
2 days 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
20 days ago

29 days 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.

hiking
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snowshoeing
3 months 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
9 months ago

September 2016 // Highly recommend a day hike to Heather Lake. A stunning hike to a spectacular alpine 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.

For epic views of a giant granite precipice (the Watchtower) and mountain ranges in the horizon, take the Watchtower trail instead of the Hump trail where the Lakes trail splits.

Amazing breathtaking views along the hike and at the lake. Loved it!

hiking
9 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.

9 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

hiking
10 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.

11 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
11 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