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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Heather Lake

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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.
This hike is 4 miles roundtrip with 1000 feet of elevation gain. The trail is hikeable by all ages.
At about a mile in, the old growth forest begins and the trail will follow Heather Creek. The sounds of the waterfall beckon you forward.

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.
Both times we went there was a bit of snow before you reached the lake.  This is easily traversed and the trail is easy to follow.  As you can see, we brought our dog.  He had a great time too!

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.
When we reached the lake we were overwhelmed by its beauty.  Views of the lake and Mount Pilchuck were awe-inspiring.

Even on the rainy day the views were just as majestic though a bit more muddy.

Heather Lake is hikeable mid June through October, but I would suggest later in the summer to ensure less snow on the trail and better weather.  The kids will want to play in the water as soon as you get there.

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.

1 comment:

  1. My boys would love that place with the frogs! Will have to try it sometime. Thanks for the review.