Tuesday, September 13, 2011
One of the boys' favorite hikes is Heather Lake along the Mountain Loop Highway. We have done this hike twice. Our first time just the boys and I went. It was in August and it was a beautiful sunny day. The second time we went with friends in July and it was raining the entire time. Both times we had a great time.
The trail is well maintained and within the next mile you will travel up several switchbacks to a bridge where the trail becomes level. Continue down through the forest to the meadow just before the lake.
During our sunny hike the boys found so many frogs it was amazing! They had a great time collecting them. Don't worry no frogs were harmed in the making of this photo.
Even on the rainy day the views were just as majestic though a bit more muddy.
The boys have been asking to go back so we may try this in the fall to enjoy the changing colors.
To get here drive north on Hwy 9 and take a right on Hwy 92 towards Granite Falls. Pass through Granite Falls and turn left on the Mountain Loop Highway. Continue past the Verlot Ranger station about a mile and take a right on Mount Pilchuck road (no. 42). Continue 1.5 miles to the trailhead parking lot. A forest pass is required and there are outhouses at the parking lot.