Hike to Heather Lake

4.6 Miles Round Trip - 1034 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

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Heather Lake Trail is a great first hike for kids with flowers in the Spring and berries in the fall.

The trail takes you on a gradual climb up to Heather Lake with beautiful second growth to admire along the way. The trail can be very wet and muddy with many tree roots to catch your toes, so make sure to wear a sturdy pair of tennis shoes or hiking shoes.

When you reach the lake, the trail splits; take either direction, since both loop around the lake. About half of the loop is a nice flat boardwalk to admire everything.

Make sure to notice the huge rotting stumps with the springboard notches alongside the trail; springboards were boards placed in tree trunks for the loggers to stand on as they used a large crosscut saw to take down the tree.

Tags

Fishing
Swimming
Hiking
Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Lake
Picnic Area
Wildflowers
Swimming Hole

Details

4.6 Miles
1034 ft elevation gain
Out-and-Back Trail

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Beautiful hike with a view and snow!

I went on this hike with a girlfriend of mine and my chow chow, we all had a fantastic experience! Great hike with amazing 360 degree views at Heather Lake. We left around 12 or 1, there is direct light up there until around 5 these days I would guess. My dog had a blast jumping and playing in the snow. The lake was in the process of thawing out when we were up there about a week ago. Bring a picnic to enjoy by the lake :-)

Great Hike

A very solid hike and relatively close to Seattle. Not as crowded as many of the other closer to the city and one of the shorter routes along the Mountain Loop Highway. Spectacular payoff for little pain.

Lovely lake basin and a great option for shorter/easier routes on the Mountain Loop Highway.