Heather Lake (winter)

An easy to moderate trip climbing 1100 feet in 2 miles, to reach a lake in a north-facing bowl below Mt. Pilchuck.

getting there

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.

Snowshoe Route

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.

  • Difficulty: Easy+
  • Length: 4.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,100 ft
  • 2,500 ft
  • Green Trails Granite Falls No. 109
  • USGS Verlot
  • Green Trails Mountain Loop Highway No. 111SX

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