Heather Lake (Mountain Loop)


Day Hike - Heather Lake (Mountain Loop)

HIke first along an old historic rail line on a tight river canyon, then up into the mountains through old growth forest to a lovely lake and likely some snow. This trip incorporates two close by hikes to 'make a day of it' up off the Mountain Loop Highway.

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  • Easy/Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 7.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,550 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 2,200 ft
  • Pace: 2-2.5 MPH

Meet  8AM Green Lake/ NE 65th St. Park and Ride or 9:10 AM at the first TH at Old Robe Canyon.  If desired by participants we can make a stop at the South Everett Park and Ride on the way up to pick up folks that live North of Seattle.

This trips incorporate two nearby hikes. First we will do "Old Robe Canyon" as a warm up.  It is 2.4 mi. RT and goes down from the highway 300' and along the Stillaguamsh River. There is lots of mining history here from the railroad connection between Monte Cristo and Everett.  After this leg stretcher we will drive only a few miles to the Heather Lake TH.  The road is reported as challenging with some large potholes, but passable in a sedan (best leave the Tesla at home). This second hike is 4.6 mi. RT and about 1200' gain.  It we like and the snow isn't bad we can hike around the lake for an additional mile extending the total day to about 8 miles of hiking.  The lake elevation is 2200'.

This trip is weather and conditions dependent.  This is a hike, not a snowshoe.  The trip will be cancelled or changed if:  the road  to the TH is  snowy and challenging; if the trail has too much snow to safely hike on ,or if it is very rainy or very snowy weather. If this trip doesn't work, for the above reasons, I will try to find a lower elevation trip to do instead. 

The trip is Leader's Premission Required:  Please tell me you are:

1) Comfortable with winter travel, including hiking in deep snow upto 18" or so.

2) In possession of  microspikes, gaiters, two-trekking poles  and will bring these on the trip.


Heather Lake (Mountain Loop)

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
  11. Microspikes
  12. Gaiters
  13. Two-trekking poles
  14. Several layers of warm clothes, warm hat and gloves
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