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Heather Lake

Difficulty:
Moderate
Distance:
4.6 mi/7.4 km
Highest Elevation:
2440
Elevation Gain:
1100
Location:
Silverton, WA
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Description:

The Heather Lake Trail can be a wonderful route for snowshoers as it climbs just 2 miles--gaining more than 1000 feet--through thick second-growth forest to arrive at a stunningly beautiful alpine lake nestled in a deep rock cirque on the north face of Mount Pilchuck. The trail is heavily traveled in the summer, but winter visitors will find the crowds thin and the forests even more beautiful when blanketed in soft white. http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/heather-lake-snowshoe

Additional Notes/Directions:

To get there, from Granite Falls drive east on the Mountain Loop Highway 1 mile past the Verlot Public Service Center and turn right (south) onto Mount Pilchuck Road (Forest Road 42). Continue up the road 1.6 miles to reach the winter closure gate. Park in the wide areas near the gate, but do not block the main road or any side access (private) roads.