Heather Lake Trail

MODERATE 513 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.

DISTANCE
4.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1197 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

3 days ago

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

3 days 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.

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3 days 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!

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12 days ago

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

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12 days ago

Amazing !!!

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23 days 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 :-)

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1 month ago

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

1 month ago

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

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1 month 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.

1 month ago

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

3 months ago

a bit rocky but a greaf hike.

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3 months ago

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

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3 months ago

Since having moved to Washington 2.5 months ago, I have been hiking every weekend and this has been my absolute favorite hike so far. Easy, not too crowded (at least not for a Saturday), and breathtakingly beautiful/peaceful. I'm already excited to go back!

4 months 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.

4 months 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.

4 months ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

Easy hike with a beautiful reward at the end.

hiking
4 months 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.

4 months 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.

hiking
4 months 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.

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