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Heather Lake — Thursday, Mar. 31, 2016

North Cascades

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Type of Hike

Day hike

Trail Conditions

Minor obstacles posing few problems


Road rough but passable


No bugs


Intermittent snow - not hard to cross
I know I hiked this trail last Saturday but I had an opportunity to take my nephew on his first hike! Where better than Heather Lake on the last day in March for your first hike! And it was a warm, sunny day to boot. Still plenty of potholes near the trail-head. With careful driving you can avoid most of them. No bugs. Just clean mountain air. Temperatures in the 60's. What a difference a weekday hike makes. Very few people up there. And when we got to the lake we had it to ourselves. From my driveway in Everett I pointed out Mt. Pilchuck and explained where on the mountain we were going. We began our hike around 1:40pm and took our time. We talked a lot about the geography, the rocks, the old growth stumps, the 'newer' trees. We both took a lot of pictures. We stopped often on the way up to just breath the air and enjoy nature in her glory. The sounds of babbling brooks crossing the trail are like songs to me, often set against the choir of its bigger brother cascading off in the distance. There are a few downed trees across the trail but they are generally very easy to negotiate. A few hundred yards from the lake there is snow on the trail. It's a wet slippery packed kind but go slow and plan your steps and its really pretty easy to navigate. The lake is still covered with snow but its melting and around the perimeter. The trail around the lake is also passable. We did hear a few avalanches triggering off in the distance. Likely on the other side of the mountain. Otherwise it was so quiet we could hear the flapping of the birds wings as they crossed overhead. A very enjoyable hike today! Happy trails!