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.