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Heather Lake Trail

MODERATE 1232 reviews

Heather Lake Trail is a 4.2 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.

Distance: 4.2 miles Elevation Gain: 1,194 feet 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

The road to the trailhead is full of large potholes. 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.

hiking
rocky
snow
washed out
14 days ago

Good quick hike, there was quite a bit of snow however none directly on the trail. For most of the trail there is a creek running down the center of the trail so unless you have solid hiking boots be prepared to have wet feet. Towards the top when you near the lake you start to see some snow, however still not much on the actual trail. The hike is a quick steep 1 hourish hike up and about the same coming back down. Rated at easy-moderate depending on snow conditions and personal performance Warning: the road leading to the trail head is riddled with pot holes, be prepared to bottom your vehicle out if you aren’t careful.

hiking
flooded
muddy
snow
21 days ago

Access road is rough with potholes, high clearance vehicles recommended. Waterproof shoes are a must as the whole trail has rushing water over it. The entire way. Seriously, you're hiking up river. Anyway, lost of snow at the top, whiteout conditions hit fast but the trail was easy to follow. Just make sure you don't get tricked by the creeks that cross it and make sure you're on the trail.

hiking
muddy
rocky
snow
21 days ago

hiking
muddy
rocky
22 days ago

Went with my husband and 4 kids (1 (in backpack), 4, 4, and 7 yrs). Driving to the trailhead was a little tricky to get around the potholes, but it’s maneuverable if you take your time. The trail was beautiful. We walked through a few rivers but none more than a few inches deep. Lots of roots and rocks but we had no issues navigating. We didn’t get to the end, but mostly bc we didn’t want to run out of daylight on our way back down. We will definitely be back to finish though!

hiking
flooded
icy
muddy
rocky
snow
22 days ago

Getting up to the top was definitely difficult because you had to maneuver around rocks and roots most of the time. About half the hike you are walking through water. It’s definitely hard getting up but the view at the end is beautiful.

23 days ago

very rocky but not too bad, potholes going up to the trailhead have the potential to wreck/bottom out a car so definitely bring a vehicle with some clearance. My beginner wife did this as her first hike and was challenged but we completed it. would do again.

hiking
muddy
snow
24 days ago

25 days ago

Fantastic trail! Lot's of flowing water down the mountain, Lake was completely unfrozen.

hiking
flooded
26 days ago

hiking
icy
muddy
rocky
snow
29 days ago

Great trail!! So worth the view. The lake is mostly frozen over and there was snow at the top which made it even more worth it. Definitely need hiking boots for this one and poles If you have bad knees or balance!

hiking
muddy
rocky
snow
29 days ago

This hike was so much fun! It didn’t get snowy/slushy until about halfway up. There are a lot of unlevel rocky areas that you need to hike up, so if you have bad knees or balance issues, choose another hike! There were slabs of granite that were fun to walk across and shoes with traction were definitely helpful. I brought yak tracks and poles but didn’t use them. The lake is mostly frozen over, but there’s an area to the left (via a person made dock) that has rocks you can sit on and peer through the clear lake. Such a gorgeous day, too! The weather on this app projected snow and rain, but it was a sunny day with clouds. The sun melted some snow so just sitting and listening to snow melt was so relaxing. Very few people were up there and were respectful/quiet. The parking lot was full when we got there at 11am. 5 Rights Brewing is a fun (delicious!) place nearby with a cafe (also delicious!) next door. All in all, a great day hike!

hiking
fee
icy
muddy
snow
1 month ago

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