Heather Lake Trail 701


Begin hiking in young forest and climb gently up to a shelf where a glacier-carved lake lies beneath the cliffs of Mt. Pilchuck. The lake is in a subalpine forest meadow setting and is quite popular all months of the year. It can be quite crowded on summer weekends. The rocky shore on the south side of the lake offers the best opportunity for fishing, wildflowers and berry picking.

A 0.7-mile trail has been built around the lake. Please stay on trails and use only established picnic or camp sites. Opportunities for camping are limited in this small and fragile lake basin. A back country box toilet is available. Please use “Leave No Trace” practices.  

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At a Glance

Usage: Heavy
Best Season: Summer/Fall
Restrictions: Please DO NOT PARK by private residences.
Restroom: Vault toilet at trailhead.
Passes: federal recreation pass required at Heather Lake Trailhead.
Information Center: Check current conditions or call Darrington Ranger District office at 360-436-1155 or Verlot Public Service Center at 360-691-7791.

General Information


From the Verlot Public Service Center (11 miles east of Granite Falls, WA), travel east on the Mt Loop Highway one mile. Turn right (south) on the Pilchuck Road (Forest Service road 42) and continue 1.5 miles to the trailhead on your left.

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Map: Green Trails Granite Falls #109

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  Area/Length : 
1.9 miles

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  Elevation : 
1,600 feet - 2,450 feet