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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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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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Jenna Startzman
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Hiking

Great trail honestly well maintained. Pot holes are there but we drove a truck so no problem. Just go slow! On a Tuesday parking lot was fairly full by noon. Great view and full trail around entire lake. A lot of off leash dogs, and poop bags. People really need to learn how to carry out garbage (not that hard) mostly uphill until you get to lake and go around it then of course going back down but for beginners it is doable bring lots of water and take breaks! But worth it! Also if you’re going to poop bring a bag for your toilet paper it’s not okay to leave it! People work hard to maintain! We live local and that is embarrassing to see! Mud is about 3/4th up the trail we all wore tennis shoes and were fine. Expect to do squats and lunges up Giant size stairs lol. Mostly shaded until you get to the lake. Please bring a bag for your trash! Be respectful! Only down rating because people leave trash and that is beyond rude!

Amelia Heppner
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The potholes on the way up are no joke. I drive a Mazda CX-5 (mini SUV) and it still felt like the Indian Jones ride at Disneyland. Quick and easy hike! We got there around 8:30 and there were a couple of cars in the lot. Got up to the lake by 10, only saw the park rangers up there. Lots of mosquitos, so come prepared. By the time we got back to the car around noon the lot was full and people were waiting to park, so come early.

Jessica Dotson
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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.

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