Heather Lake Trail

MODERATE 430 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
1272 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 hours ago

hiking
1 day ago

hiking
1 day ago

great hike

hiking
2 days ago

Trail length is 2.3 miles rather than 1.9 miles as trailhead shows. Roads are rocky and rooty. But effort and time paid off when I saw the gorgeous lake view.

hiking
4 days ago

4 days ago

hiking
6 days ago

Beautifully framed lake with the peaks and meadows. Make sure to trek around the lake the different perspectives are great!

hiking
8 days ago

Great hike.

hiking
8 days ago

I did this hike a few weeks ago and it was gorgeous. We opted to explore a little off the path at the lake towards all the snow. It was so much fun climbing over those rocks! I would advise caution though if you are new to hiking or have children.

This hike felt similar to Lake 22 - also a great hike nearby!

hiking
9 days ago

hiking
9 days ago

The mountains around the little lake are like out of a Tolkien dream. Unbelievable!!

hiking
10 days ago

Pretty hike. Use poles if you have them and good boots. Very rocky, lots of tree roots, worth the view. Did it with x2 7 year olds, my sister and a dog. I press it more of a hard Hike if you have kids in tow. We didn't make around the lake unfortunately cause it was getting dark. My kids have been hiking a bit this summer and on longer trails. This was the hardest for all of us.

I would suggest that if you have little kids who don't hike a lot avoid this just for the amount of rocks you have to climb over. There is a little water fall about halfway up and it's a nice place to dip your head under to cool off.

Bug spray for sure. Enjoy

10 days ago

very peaceful, there was still snow when we did this hike in the spring of this year. I can add photos from my tablet to 22 of these hikes later on.

hiking
10 days ago

Very nice hike with a beautiful lake at the top. I definitely recommend good shoes due to the rough terrain of rocks and roots from trees. Some step ups are also pretty significant so be prepared for that. Overall, it was a great hike and a great day.

hiking
11 days ago

It was a beautiful view at the top! Too many flies though, made it uncomfortable to actually relax. Besides accidentally tripping on a branch and hurting my knee, the hike was worth it! Definitely would do it again!

13 days ago

a super great hike in early August, the wild flowers were gorgeous & the lake wasn't as cold as i expected actually ! i recommend walking around the whole lake rather than immediately picking a spot to sit down there's many great views & on the far side some huge boulders we climbed up on for pictures & snacks then walked around the rest of the lake & found a nice little spot to set up our hammock & hangout. the bottom of the lake is mostly mud so recommend wearing shoes & maybe bringing a floaty ! although it's a short hike up there it's all uphill so be prepared to break a sweat & bring lots of water !

15 days ago

15 days ago

15 days ago

This is an awesome trail done it multiple times and always have fun just challenging enough for me packing a two year old on my back.