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Shirley A. on Heather Lake Trail
I would have given this a 5 star but it was really rocky for me. I was nervous I would slip and twist my ankle. Very scenic.
This is not an easy hike after you pass mile 2. In fact, it is steep and rough. Roots, rocks, and mysterious monsters grabbing at your feet unexpectedly. (legs tire easy with the incline, and one needs to concentrate on lifting your feet.) A miss-step can be problematic, so be careful. While there are about 40 switch-backs, don't count them....you'll just get depressed on how many more you have to go.
But the trail is beautiful, and the apex of the trek is worth it. Some 400 year old growth scatter the trail, and ancient remnants of a fire.
late April and there was still a bit too much snow to get to Big Greider, or even camp at little Greider. But still beautiful.
The last bit to the lake was snow covered but that didn't take away from how beautiful this hike is. The lake is still partially frozen but the water is starting to peak through. The trail itself is essentially a creek that you follow to the top. Very wet and very rocky so wear some good boots. All-in-all, nice day hike!
Absolutely incredible this time of year. The road is closed two miles before Big Four so you'll have to park at the gate and then trek down the road. It's very, very snowy a mile down the highway hence the gated closing but if you're up for a strenuous early spring hike it has an amazing payoff. The caves are entirely covered but you can stand and watch miniature avalanches crash down Big Four mountain every few minutes. This hike is a completely different experience then hiking to the caves during the colder seasons.
Seeing the tunnels and the hike to get there was great but only made it to the 4th one. Was with someone who has hiked the trail before. But if I was alone, I would have turned around when the sign said it was closed.. then it wouldn't have been so great. Also... how did that car get there??