Heather Lake Trail

MODERATE 475 reviews

Heather Lake Trail is a 4.3 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.

4.3 miles
1272 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly











wild flowers




old growth

over grown



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

5 days ago

6 days ago

took all 5 of my kids ranging in ages 9, 7,5,3yrs and 2 months old. It was there first more difficult hike. ( before this they had only done big 4 ice caves, lime kiln, northern state, and lords hill trail). They all made it with minimal complaints. the 3 yr old did want carried for some. A bit rocky and big elevation gain for them but they had fun. The lake is beautiful, the hike up was as well.

6 days ago

The lake is so peaceful and placid! The hike up is more than a nature walk, and still easy enough to carry on conversation (if you're into that) we had pretty dry day but it was obvious it gets pretty muddy.

6 days ago

Great easy hike the lake was beautiful and fall colors were out.

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19 days ago

Easy hike with a beautiful reward at the end.

22 days ago

24 days ago

I found this trail to be easy and rewarding, but people I've recommended it to were less enthusiastic. It gets crowded on the holidays and is often muddy.

25 days ago

A slightly lesser Lake 22 (due to less preserved old growth) but very similar in experience. Like Lake 22, this hike has a beautiful lake pay off on the shoulder of Pilchuck. I took my 16 and 10 year old kids and they enjoyed it immensely. Good hike.

26 days ago

Pretty easy hike, no obstacles to go through.
Amazing views when the snow is still covering the lake but definitely better hikes out there.

29 days ago

1 month ago

Did this hike today (9/16/17), and while obviously popular to a majority of folks, it pales in comparison to more rewarding hikes as Lake 22, Snow Lake, Lake Serene, and even Olallie Lake. I did find the trail in particular, quite enjoyable, with variegated terrain; roots and rocks are both plentiful, and the surrounding forest is spectacular, especially with regards to the massive old growth tree stumps scattered throughout. The climb is reasonable, and not knee breaking. The lake itself is pleasant, and perhaps I was biased in that the level was so low, but it does not have the pristine color and depth of others. The surrounding mountains are indeed beautiful. It was an easy 1.25 hours up, and 1.25 back; I'm slow, so those in better shape/younger will make this trip with ease. Pick a big rock at the edge of the lake, grab a perch, have some lunch, and relax - and then walk around the whole lake, to get many perspectives. A nice visit for families.

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1 month ago

I did this hike in the winter and holy moly, it was absolutely gorgeous.

1 month ago

Great day for a hike up to Heather Lake today! WTA was out there. I was surprised to see snow in one section. I haven't been out here since last year, it's great to see the improvements WTA has put into this trail. No bugs at all, that's always a plus!