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Heather Lake Trail

MODERATE 1190 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
flooded
muddy
rocky
washed out
1 day ago

Beautiful hike through the forest. Definitely do wear appropriate footwear - most of the trail is over rocks/roots and there's water flowing at parts, so it can get very slippery when there's ice. Today it was very muddy and wet, but no ice. I'd imagine this is too dangerous to do without micro-spikes if there's ice. Lake is not frozen as of 12/08 and there was no snow. I'd probably rate this trail as an easy intermediate as it's not so long and there's not a lot of elevation gain, but maybe the intermediate ranking comes from the rock/root terrain, which does make it harder (I would not recommend this for young children). It was quite foggy, which made for very interesting photos. I was going to do Mount Pilchuck, but because of the fog decided to do this one instead - probably the same many people thought, as I saw a lot of people. The road to the trailhead is really bad, huge potholes, and there are so many you basically cannot avoid them. Go slowly and I'd recommend a high clearance vehicle. It's still worth going!

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icy
9 days ago

Absolutely wear shoes that can handle ice! Very slick up towards the top but beautiful.

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icy
snow
9 days ago

The final 0.5 mile road leading to the trailhead has huge craters - proceed carefully. The trail is a good one and Heather Lake is gorgeous (currently freezing over), but the trail is dangerously icy. My friend and I both fell - even with crampons.

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muddy
snow
14 days ago

I started the hike at 11am and was the first person there. no snow at the bottom but about an inch of snow at the lake. It was absolutely beautiful! almost the entire trail had some water running down it, but nothing good hiking boots couldn't handle. there were also some muddy areas. The hike took me less than 2 hours to get up to the lake, walk around it and get back to my car.

hiking
17 days ago

Beautiful lake and a stunning day to be there. Trail is decent - some water, mud, rocks, and roots, but nothing horrible. Hike is moderate and mostly in forest. The payoff is at the end, especially today. Got up to the lake at around 10:30 and everything was covered in frost. Gorgeous. No snow, but lake was frozen. Very chilly (clear skies, but sun not high enough to make it into the basin. Not a ton of people. I was first car to arrive at 9:30 and when I Leafty at noon only 7 cars in lot. Great hike when short on time. And, yes, the potholes are bad You’ll need decent clearance, but it’s only the last 1/2 mile of road and I made it in my Fiat 500X (better clearance than most it’s size) going slow and navigating closely.

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muddy
rocky
23 days ago

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muddy
rocky
29 days ago

The road to the trailhead has ALOT of large potholes so make sure you are driving a car with high clearance. Trail was very wet and muddy, but it has excellent maintenance for such a rocky trail. There was no problem with the trail up or down.

hiking
muddy
29 days ago

Good day for a hike! It was a little muddy and rocky here and there, and the lake is starting to freeze, but not too bad for a quick jump in. A fun hike for every season to experience the autumn colors and the snow.

hiking
30 days ago

Dog friendly with some great views! Pretty foggy today made for some eerie photographs.

hiking
1 month ago

We go for a hike on Nov 9, 2019. It's pretty and serene to see the lake. It is frozen now. Today is raining, so there's a bit foggy there. The trail is snow free, but very rocky, wet and muddy. Strong and sturdy hiking boots are recommended. The driving up to the trailhead is of lots of pot holes, but just like 1 mile, about 10-15 minutes, not too bad. This trail is suitable for beginner hikers. But I will not say it is kid friendly. I think children under 15 will find it too challenging.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail. Always a good one when short on time. Lake was frozen over. Pretty cool.

recorded Heather Lake Trail

hiking
icy
muddy
rocky
1 month ago

A challenging trail deserving of a rating slightly higher than moderate. If you come to hike anytime soon bring warm clothes. A great hike!

hiking
1 month ago

The last bit of the drive to the trailhead though makes it almost not worth the trip lol. So many HUGE potholes. It’s like the surface of the moon. Something has got to be done about this otherwise it’s just a safety hazard. The heather lake trail was nice enough. Snow free. Quite rocky and lots of roots, which is typical of the area I guess. The lake was frozen and the view was nice. Would recommend lake 22 instead. Similar trail and similar view. Less stress:)

icy
muddy
rocky
1 month ago

Great moderate hike. There were a few areas that require some careful footing, but overall very doable for the occasional hiker. It got a bit frosty towards the top and the lake was frozen which made for some beautiful views! Be prepared for the drive in, though, there are huge and unavoidable potholes all the way up.

hiking
scramble
1 month ago

I went yesterday and it was amazing! It was muddy as you got closer to the lake, but totally avoidable if you’re careful. You do cross water a few times, if you’re careful there as well you can stay dry. I just went in sneakers, not hiking boots and it was fine. The lake was beautiful! The drive in is a little stressful because of all the huge potholes. You have to go through them, no way around so just be prepared - especially small cars!

recorded Recording - Oct 25, 07:16 AM

hiking
1 month ago

Trail was very clearly marked from start to finish. I went yesterday 10/23/19 and that was day 3 of no rain so the trail was muddy but nothing crazy. Be prepared for rocky terrain with lots of root sections. moderate is accurate. Beautiful little lake with trail that goes all the way around.

hiking
muddy
rocky
washed out
1 month ago

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