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Heather Lake Trail is a 5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Granite Falls, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 5.0 mi Elevation gain 1,194 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Camping

Fishing

Hiking

Nature trips

Snowshoeing

Walking

Bird watching

Beach

Forest

Lake

Partially paved

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Blowdown

Bugs

Muddy

Over grown

Rocky

Snow

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Getting There

The road to the trailhead is full of large potholes a 4x4 is recommended. There's a pretty good incline right out of the parking area. Levels off in some spots which helps with catching your breath. Some sharp rocks, so sturdy shoes are helpful. The lake is beautiful. There's a boulder that overlooks the lake and makes for a great place to sit for lunch or just lay back and relax. There's a toilet once you get to the lake (go left). Lots of dogs on the trail.

Federal Northwest Forest Pass

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Darrington District (Verlot) 33515 Mountain Loop Highway Granite Falls, WA 98252 Tel:360.691.7791

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

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Sandy Kaduce
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HikingBugsMuddyRocky

Fun family hike but SOOO crowded. You can see why though. The lake is gorgeous and it’s a great training hike for higher lakes and peaks. I’d ditto what others have said about bugs, potholes etc. but totally worth it regardless. Arrive early to avoid crowds.

Brandi A.
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HikingBugsMuddyRocky

DONT DRIVE A COMPACT CAR. The potholes are no joke going up to the trail and I actually have to take my car in because of how bad it was.. drive a larger vehicle if you do this hike.. besides that we arrived at 8am and the parking lot had a few spots left. A few groups to pass on the way up but the trail is well maintained and conditions were good. Parking overflowed all the way down the hill when we left at noon.

Makayla N
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HikingBugs

Beautiful hike. Drive up had insane pot holes, be cautious, drive an appropriate car. Got there at 10am on a Friday and it wasn’t crowded, had lunch and on the way back it began getting busier. By the time we were to the car around 145pm, it was very busy. Definitely recommend early arrival. You can loop all the way around the lake and I suggest you do! Good uphill climb. Hardly muddy. Our 6yo came with and loved it! Wear bug spray.

Matthew Smith
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HikingBugsMuddy

Potholes the size of Prius’ and 5 million hikers. Awesome views at the lake, glad we didn’t babe whole hike but way to many people to come back.

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Josh Brunner
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Rene B.
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HikingBugsMuddy

Previous reviews are right on re potholes, and wet and muddy trail with lots of roots especially as you get close to the lake. A sign on the trailhead toilet says that a National Forest Pass not required for now due to lack of servicing. Ranger station toilets are closed. Lots of mosquitoes too. Still a great hike though.

Kate D
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Rory Taylor
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Alyssa Lawrence
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Lexie Eskenazi-Rindler
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HikingBugsMuddySnow

EXTREMELY MUDDY!!!! Also, the road to get to the trailhead has TONS and I mean TONS of potholes. Small cars beware as you may bottom out. Great alternative hike to Lake 22, still super pretty and a lot easier!

Bri Millard
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Susan Clayton
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Alicia Howell
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HikingBugsMuddyRocky

Love this trail. Muddy and small streams to wade through. My son and pups loved it.

Brenda Ruvalcaba
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Walking

amazing view lots of rocky creeks, recommend waterproof shoes

Rachael Cumle
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HikingBugsMuddyRocky

My 11 & 12 year old girls and I hiked Heather Lake today and it was worth it. Beautiful. Lots of mosquitoes once you get to the lake. Definitely muddy at the top and the potholes on the way up to the trailhead are gangster! I would not recommend taking a small car.

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