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Heather Lake Trail #1526

Intermediate
 2.7 (3) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Pleasant hike through Douglas fir forest to the gorgeous Heather Lake.


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6.5

Miles

10.5

KM

Out and Back

3,967' 1,209 m

High

2,739' 835 m

Low

1,461' 445 m

Up

1,461' 445 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

47%

Max Grade (25°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Swimming · Views

Family Friendly While the steep bits may deter really young children, the water is accessible for playing in on a warm day once at the lake.

Overview

This is a nice out-and-back day hike to a scenic lake west of Lake Wenatchee in Wenatchee National Forest. Along the way, enjoy pleasant woodlands and a stiff climb!

Description

This is a nice hike on a well-marked trail through mostly Douglas fir forest to Heather Lake. The first 2.5 miles is relatively flat, then you start to climb, with most of the elevation gain coming in a fairly short 1.6 miles.

About 3/4 of the way up the climb, several viewpoints open up to provide beautiful views of the surrounding hills and valleys. There is nothing technical on this trail, but the 1,000' gain in the 1.6-mile stretch may result in some frustrated little ones if hiking with kids.

Garnets can be found in the creek and the bedrock along the hike.

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Shared By:

Chris Flashhard

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  2.7 from 3 votes

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Heather Lake
Sep 28, 2017 near Skykomish, WA
Erosion holes in streambed
Sep 28, 2017 near Skykomish, WA

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Jun 16, 2019
David West
This trail is in really bad shape - lots of protruding roots, rocks, etc., from overuse. Don't go on a summer weekend if you want peace and quiet....
Jan 14, 2019
Alaina Scherer
Jun 10, 2018
David S
Jan 26, 2018
John Carey
Jan 21, 2018
Julia Proctor