Heather Lake Trail

MODERATE 555 reviews

Heather Lake Trail is a 4.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Granite Falls, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, birding, fishing, and snowshoeing and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1194 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

fishing

hiking

snowshoeing

walking

beach

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

blowdown

bugs

muddy

old growth

over grown

rocky

snow

From Granite Falls, E (left) for 12 miles on Mountain Loop Highway, Right on Pilchuck Road for 1.5 miles to trailhead

hiking
7 minutes ago

Beautiful hike for moderate skill level. Wear your hiking boots for now, there’s snow!
Also, take the parking lot sign ‘high theft area’ serious!!! Out car’s back window was shattered and my purse was taken. Thankfully I was smart enough to separate my wallet from my purse so the thieves were gifted with my lipstick and vitamins!!!

hiking
15 hours ago

There is still snow at the top but you shouldn’t need spikes. We didn’t hike around the lake because of the snow. The trail is wet, lots of muddy spots but if you have waterproof shoes you’ll be fine. Really pretty view with all the waterfalls from the snow melt.

4 days ago

Fun hike. Lots of people so go early.

hiking
13 days ago

Beautiful trail. Couldn’t hike around the lake entirely because of the snow and being unable to find the trail. I fell in a stream about 1/4 the way around the lake in knee deep snow, so decided to turn back. Regardless, this was a really fun hike! Be prepared to have wet feet since it is a muddy trail and you walk through some streams and a waterfall.

hiking
13 days ago

This trail was a little difficult for me, having COPD, but I managed to only stop three times briefly. I was definitely glad to reach the frozen lake and was able to cool off and catch my breath before beginning our descent. We will definitely do this one again.

hiking
19 days ago

Nice trail, with a fair bit of rocks and roots to step over. Lots of snow pack about a 1/2 mile out from the lake. Would definitely still recommend hiking shoes, not sneakers, but no need for anything winter specific. Busy trail, aim to get there earlier if you can. Lot was packed by 9:45am, and required parking down the road a bit.

23 days ago

Snow starting to melt but present about 2 miles into hike. Be prepared for your feet to get wet, bring lots of socks.

28 days ago

Snow is starting to dissipate. Recommend wearing hiking shoes for now, saw many bust it on the snow that had tennis shoes on.

1 month ago

didn't make it to the lake due to snow pack but very pretty

1 month ago

Always a good hike. Very wet for the first mile. About 3/4 way up is all packed snow, a bit slippery. We made it without micro spikes or poles, but one or both would have been very helpful. Make sure to bring proper foot ware. At the lake, the sun popped out and we were able to witness (and hear) 4 or 5 mini avalanches across the lake.

1 month ago

nice hike. still lots of snow but well worth it

hiking
2 months ago

nice hike snow and icey about 3/4 of the way up so be careful..lake is frozen over but the views where spectacular

2 months ago

It’s a nice trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful day for a beautiful hike. Mix of dirt, water, slush and snow. Threw on the spikes about a quarter miles from the lake just to get there faster. Lots of people and a tight trail when you have to pull off to let people pass, you’ll go down a snow hole.

2 months ago

03/11/18 - Beautiful as always. Lots of snow for a majority of the hike, a mix between slush at the bottom and packed at the top. Poles were helpful and I did not have trouble without microspikes, although there would definitely be benefits to having them.

Bring sunglasses!

snowshoeing
2 months ago

Woo! Quite the buttkicker in that much snow!! Heather lake is completely covered and the pup and I had it all to ourselves until a crying baby showed up! Gorgeous day in all well worth the workout to the top.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice moderate trail. The access road was a little treacherous and I would not attempt without 4 wheel drive. The hike is manageable with micro spikes, but snowshoes would be best. There is deep powder about half way up the trail with a lot of post holing. The lake area was all covered with snow, but still had pretty views.

2 months ago

beautiful breath taking view .
don't stop keep going till you get to the lake ,
please be prepared a lot of snow .
be cautious and have fun .

3 months ago

Great moderate trail , go during the week or early on the weekend 6am.

3 months ago

Hiked Monday 19Feb. What a beautiful hike in the snow. The access road was very snowy and loaded with deep potholes but passable. The trail was well maintained and very easy to follow especially considering the blast of snow the mountain got this weekend. Crampons or micros are nice to have but not necessary. We didn't wear ours at all on the way up and only wore them on the descent because they were new and we wanted to try them out. The snow just made everything that much more beautiful. My tracker said 4.5 miles in 1 hour and 45 minutes.

hiking
3 months ago

Just hiked Heather trail on presidents day. The weather was gorgeous but cold!!!! The trail was covered in snow from start to finish. Hiking boots were necessary, crampons were a bonus but not needed. The first half is pretty easy and then the switchback and elevation began for the second half. Heather Lake was gorgeous. Would definitely do again!

hiking
3 months ago

Gorgeous area! Micro-spikes help but not necessary. The snow cover lake is a must see.

hiking
3 months ago

Amazing !!!

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful hike. It has a decent amount of elevation gain but I wouldn’t consider this hike Moderate to me it’s more on the easy side. The trail was very wet and in a number of places small streams were running down the trail. At the lake there was about 4 feet of snow and it was very soft in spots. Be careful! Happy hiking :-)

hiking
4 months ago

Moderate hike. Slippery snow close to the lake otherwise a nice easy hike

4 months ago

Quick hike with a little bit of everything. Definitely want to return in summer to see how it changes

hiking
4 months ago

Just as beautiful as last year in May. Went on the 1/7, a super rainy day. Icy and snowy on the top, but manageable. Didn’t use my micro spikes.

4 months ago

A little icy towards the top but can do it without micro spikes. Lake is completely frozen over and beautiful!

6 months ago

a bit rocky but a greaf hike.

hiking
6 months ago

A little sloppy in the snow, but definitely worth the views along the way and at the end.

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