Heart Lake, Lassen National Forest

Heart Lake is a six mile round trip, moderate hike through a dense forest of incense cedar, white fir, jeffrey pine and sugar pine to name a few. 

We will encounter several steep climbs as we mix meadows, forest, views of the Sacramento Valley & Klamath Mountains before catching a glimpse of Brokeoff Mountain.

We will be taking I-5 to Hiway 36 route, which is 70 miles each way. To reach the trailhead, follow 36 to Mineral, left and north 9.6 miles on Forest Road 17. After crossing South Fork Digger Creek the trailhead is 100 feet further. Always follow roads marked M17, or the better road option. 

The hike crosses a stream at 1.1 miles as we continue thru verdant meadows and forest, going uphill until we cross the stream again at 1.8 miles where the trail levels briefly. Ascending and descending for a log crossing at the 2.1 mile mark, until we reach the 2.4 mile mark, descending to Heart Lake. We will have time to take pictures, explore, cool the heels in the lake and have lunch. 

You will want to bring:

Water, hat, camera, lunch, trail snacks, sunscreen, good hiking shoes/boots.

**To complete our day (totally optional) we usually find an interesting local restaurant to stop in, embellish the days hike and think up some new lies to tell for the coming hikes. Without fail, it's a day well spent with like minded friends, some old, some new.



 


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  • Linda W.

    Great hike Al. Thanks for preparing me for elevation for Kangaroo Lake hike along PCT. On Sunday. Great group.

    2 · August 17

  • Debra M. N.

    Had another great day of hiking, fellowship, and new faces. Thanks to all that took their cars dirt and all!
    Debra

    2 · August 17

  • Debra M. N.

    Had another great day of hiking, fellowship, and new faces. Thanks to all that took their cars dirt and all!
    Debra

    2 · August 17

  • Susie K.

    Great hike! lots of fun and good people. And thank you to the carpool drivers!

    4 · August 17

  • Wildlifer

    Hmmm. Let me try again. Great hike & great hiking buddies, too! Gale

    3 · August 16

    • Al S.

      Gale, Thanks for the positive feedback!! I cannot get your name on the "went" list, but we all know you were there!!

      1 · August 17

  • Wildlifer

    Al, Thx for a really nice hike. Great hike z& great hil

    1 · August 16

  • Greg S.

    We finally found it! Pretty hike through the forest with a fun group of hikers.

    2 · August 16

  • Joe B.

    I'll be heading up to the trailhead solo, in a silver Ford Focus. See you all there!

    August 16

  • Jennifer

    Gotta cancel, unfortunately. My knee is acting up too much. Darn!

    August 16

  • ZANE O.

    Just went there.. there is no heart lake, but you get awesome views up there on a clear day!

    August 15

    • Al S.

      Up there?? As in Mt. Shasta up there??

      August 16

  • Melanie

    I need to cancel my hike tomorrow. I have a lot of work tomorrow and need to get ready for school.

    August 15

  • Bonita M.

    Al, appreciate you organizing the hike. I won't be able to make it. Too much going on this weekend. Hope to catch you guys next time:))

    August 15

  • Shirley G.

    I'm disappointed that I have to cancel going on this hike as I've never been in that area :(
    I danced for hours with my teen daughter barefoot on the hard concrete at Anderson's Wed night concert. It was a lot of crazy fun but one of my knees, though recovering, still isn't quite up to hiking 6 miles, with some steep spots. I'll look forward to fall hikes, especially those with changing colors and/or aspen (I miss aspen!).

    1 · August 15

  • Crystal Z.

    Not able to go,I am house and dog sitting.The owner won't be back till noon time. Hope everyone has a good time,

    August 15

  • Wildlifer

    ... b another cancel before Saturday hike. Gale from ALRD.

    August 14

  • Wildlifer

    Hi Mary Price- u beat me to signup. But Im on waiting list ' maybe there will b another n

    August 14

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will meet you at the trailhead because I will be coming from Burney. What time do you think you will be there?

    August 6

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you

      1 · August 7

    • Joe B.

      I'm coming from Red Bluff, so I'll probably have to arrive separately as well, unless I join the group en route.

      August 14

  • Tim

    Sorry, we won't be able to make it. Everyone have fun.

    August 14

  • Linda W.

    Al is okay for my dog to come with us

    August 13

  • kathy d.

    Gosh, I get another weekend with my granddaughter (yea!), so I'm going to have to back out again. Have a great hike--should be wonderful!

    August 13

  • Mary Lynn B.

    Al - I think a shorter route to the trailhead is going through Shingletown to Viola; turn on Brokeoff Mountain Road that runs directly in front of the Lassen Pines Christian Camp - keep on that road until it ends at Road 17; then turn right - follow until you come to the trailhead which will be on your left side - there's a trailhead sign. Doesn't take very long to get there on this route - altho' I haven't done it via Highway 36. The road is dusty and gravel. Have a good hike - it's beautiful.

    2 · August 10

    • Al S.

      Get better soon Mary Lynn, have a couple good hikes in Fall comin up.

      2 · August 13

    • Mary Lynn B.

      Thanks, Al -- still a little "snap, crackle, pop" but it's coming along - too slowly for my liking, but will look forward to some nice, cool fall hikes! Have a great hike this weekend - it's very pretty and peaceful.

      August 13

  • Cherie D.

    I will be meeting at Shopco, is there a possibility of carpooling from there? I'm new to the group and this is my first meetup, willing to drive as I have an all wheel drive CRV. If anyone is interested let me know.

    August 6

    • Mary Lynn B.

      Been thinking of you, Shirley, and wondering how you've been since the accident.

      August 10

    • Shirley G.

      I'm fine, but I'm still without a car of my own, borrowing from mykids/hubby is getting old.

      1 · August 12

  • Jennifer

    Really looking forward to this. I plan on driving as I don't do well as a passenger on windy or dirt roads, lol. I will have room for 3 in my 4WD CRV. Thanks for hosting this Al! :)

    1 · August 12

  • Shelley C.

    Thanks Barbara! I'm really looking forward to this hike, I know you'll make it another weekend, :)

    August 12

  • Barbara Ramirez M.

    I am sorry but something has come up this weekend that won't allow me to make the hike. Hope to make one soon and meet the group.

    August 11

  • Bernadette O.

    Sorry, going to Burning Man this year and getting slammed with prep for it. Have fun!

    August 6

  • Al S.

    As of Monday we are smoke free!! The hike is on.

    1 · August 11

  • Greg S.

    Michael, I'd like to ride in on 17 with you, coming up from Millville. Where & when should I meet you & what are you driving? Thanks

    August 10

    • Michael R.

      Great Greg. There is a Park and Ride lot right on the only intersection in Shingletown (Wilson Hill Road , across from the Library). Cranberry and Silver GMC Sierra Extra Cab. 2/3 seats left if you don't want to get your car dirty! lol. If you leave when everybody hits the parking lot, we will be just ahead of the pack (That's a GOOD thing on a dusty road!) [masked]

      August 10

  • Michael R.

    Coming in from the Shingletown/viola side. Happy to drive if anyone is up here. Owned a Viola house 20 yrs. 17 is a well maintained gravel road. No 4x4 needed. Fast. Watch for fast oncoming vehicles near turns!

    4 · August 10

  • Bernadette O.

    That would be epic, Al! No, he's not going this time, just me and a group of friends. Guess he's not a fan of no showers for a week...lightweight! ; )

    1 · August 9

  • Bernadette O.

    Thanks for the update, Al. Hope you guys get to go. But if not, I look forward to joining you in September!

    1 · August 9

    • Al S.

      Bernie~ Thanks for the feedback, and see you in September I do believe. Is Andy preforming at the Burning Man?? Is it a payin gig?? CD comin out party??

      1 · August 9

  • Al S.

    As of today the Eiler fire is 45% contained, and unless something changes quickly, this hike will be placed on the September calendar.

    August 9

    • Diane

      Sounds like a sensible plan.

      August 9

  • Patrick

    Hello Al. Can you please describe the condition (gravel, dirt, rocks, etc.) of Forest Road 17?

    August 6

    • Al S.

      According to the park it's small gravel. Generally if a forest road requires 4 wheel drive or has any serious obstacles to navigate the book or park will make mention. Lassen Park is[masked] if you have any questions.

      August 6

    • Patrick

      Thanks!

      1 · August 7

  • betsy and w.

    sorry wayne fractured bone in leg following a mt bike accident..no hiking for awhile!!

    August 5

    • Al S.

      B&W, Sorry to hear.

      August 6

  • Diane

    A family obligation has come up. Hopefully someone on the wait list can go instead of me.

    August 5

  • A former member
    A former member

    Your description of this hike comes from the writings of John Soares. He should at least be acknowledged. I am a hiker but I am first a professional journalist.

    1 · July 15

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