Backpack - Heather & Glasses Lakes


Backpack - Heather & Glasses Lakes

This two night family backpacking trip has all the things for summer fun. It's a nice rolling hike in with only one tough ascent. There is swimming, fishing, side hiking and a stream for the kids to explore.

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  • Moderate
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 6.6 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,350 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 3,950 ft
  • Pace: 1.5 mph

We will meet at the trailhead at 10:00 AM.  It's just under a 3 hour drive from Seattle.  We'll eat lunch on the way in to keep the kids happy, and still have enough time to make camp.  Mid-week campsites are easier to snag, but an earlier arrival help us select sites.   

Further information available from WTA.

The majority of the elevation gain is between mile 2 and mile 3, but it's not bad.  One day 2 activity is the 3.3 mile round trip hike to Glasses Lake, which is a bit of a bushwhack scramble.   On the Saturday (day 3) hike out, consider eating lunch along Lake Creek at the garnet mining site.   We will cool off and collect a handful of garnets from the non-wilderness national forest site.  (Tom plans to cache equipment at the site on the way in - if you would like to contribute some gear, we can plan for that!)


Heather Lake (Stevens Pass)

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials plus overnight gear which may include:

  • Tent with footprint/ground tarp
  • Stove and fuel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Water filter
  • Bear canister or extra stuff sack and cord designated for hanging food
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste on the hike in (pit toilet available at site)

Optional Gear:

  • Low impact fishing gear (Tom can give you advice)
  • Bathing suit and backpacking towel
  • Hammock
  • Low impact rockhound equipment (scoop and sifter)

I'll check in by email about fires and weather as the time approaches.

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