Heather Lake (Mountain Loop)

A moderate, 4.6 mile round trip day hike in summer or 4-mile snowshoe in winter with 1,100 feet of elevation gain. The trail is a gentle slope heading through primeval forest and a cool ravine to a secluded lake.

getting there


Drive the Mountain Loop Highway east of Granite Falls to 1.0 mile past the Verlot Public Service Center (Ranger Station). Turn right onto Forest Road 42 and continue 1.3 miles to the trailhead (1,400 ft).


From Granite Falls drive east on the Mountain Loop Highway. Turn right (south) on Mount Pilchuck Road, this is around 1 mile from the Verlot Ranger Station. Continue up the road around 1.6 miles until you reach the winter closure gate. Park on the wide areas near the gate being careful not to block any other side roads or the main access road.

on the trail

4.6 miles round trip with 1,100 feet of elevation gain, 2,500 ft high point

Hike the trail to Heather Lake.

Snowshoe Route

4.0 miles round trip with 1,100 feet of elevation gain, 2,500 ft high point

From the trailhead off the Mountain Loop Highway, the trail climbs 1,100 ft in two miles making this a nice little workout on snowshoes. On the other hand, the lower elevation of this hike means the trail is often hikeable with boots and traction devices for much of the winter season. The heavily forested trail ends at a beautiful alpine lake nestled against the north face of Mount Pilchuck. NW Forest Pass required.

  • Suitable Activities: Day Hiking
  • Seasons: April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
  • Length: 4.6 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,100 ft
  • 2,500 ft
  • Green Trails Granite Falls No. 109
  • Green Trails Mountain Loop Highway No. 111SX

Upcoming Activities

Seattle Pathfinders & Nomads Hike - Heather Lake

Youth Youth activity: Pathfinders
Join us for a day of hiking to Heather Lake!
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Sun, Nov 21, 2021
11 participants 5 chaperones
Registration opens Oct 1
Seattle Branch
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