Mar 21, 2009
Oct 26, 2011 09:20 AM
- Type of Outing
- Day hike
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North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway
Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Darrington District
Heather Lake (#701)
- Be Aware Of
- Water on trail
- Snow on trail
Took advantage of the sun peeking out and blue skies to welcome Spring so I headed out to nearby Heather Lake. The road to the trail head is snow free but beware of some deep mud holes that can do some damage to low vehicles. SUV's should have no problems, just be sure to slow down. The first mile of the trail has patches of snow with some that are hard packed and very slippery. The last quarter mile or so gets very steep and deep with snow so snow shoes are definitely needed. I followed the wrong tracks and ended up going the wrong way, so it took me longer than the usual 70 minutes. As mentioned by the previous reviewer who hiked this trail the last week it is very easy to get lost if you are not familiar with the trail. I did see a few yellow ribbon tied onto tree branches, but they were few and far between.
This is a nice and easy hike for the whole family to do, not too technical and once at the lake you'll want to spend some time walking along the newly built and beautiful boardwalk. Last year I was fortunate to come up close to a mountain goat that was foraging for food up on the cliffs - it was breathtaking!
view atop boulder where I usually have lunch
north side of lake