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Heather Lake

May 01, 2013

by Middleagehikergal last modified May 01, 2013 06:45 PM
Type of Outing
Day hike
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Hike: Heather Lake
Region: North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway
Agency: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Darrington District
Trails: Heather Lake (#701)
Avg Rating: 3.68
Hiking Companions
Hiked with a dog
Be Aware Of
Blowdowns
Mudholes
Snow on trail
A glorious day for a hike. Forest Road 42 is easy to find, but very potholed with some rather large holes. We left the trailhead at 9:30am and there was already another car there. The trail is relatively clear- maybe 2 trees one has to skirt around or under. Lots of water on the trail and beside it- doesn't impede your route at all. At about 2200 feet the snow starts. One of our party used microspikes, but one can so it without. The Lake is all but frozen over. Some hikers ( actually a liftie from Stevens pass) were skiing on the south side of Pilchuk. It was very warm in the sun, on the snow, and the sky was oh so blue! Sunglasses are a must!
The way down gets slippery with all the water- one of our party had a bad fall on some loose rocks. Passed more hikers taking ski's up.
Worth the hike-the parking lot had about 8 cars when we got back to the car.
black and white for a class project
black and white for a class project
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