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Moderate Hike - Heather Lake - Mountain Loop Hwy

PLEASE READ THE DESCRIPTION IN ITS ENTIRETY AND THE ACCOMPANYING LINKS SO SEE IF THIS HIKE IS APPROPRIATE BEFORE YOU RSVP.

I RESERVE THE RIGHT TO BUMP YOU OUT OF THIS HIKE IF I AM UNSURE IF YOU ARE ABLE TO DO THIS OR IF YOU  FREQUENTLY NO SHOW OR LATE CANCEL ON PREVIOUS EVENTS.

http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/heather-lake-1

http://hikeoftheweek.com/new/heather-lake%e2%94%80a-mountain-loop-favorite-perfect-for-families-and-newbies/

http://www.hikingwithmybrother.com/2010/11/heather-lake-trail-701.html

Statistics 

Roundtrip 4.6 miles

Elevation Gain 1100 ft

Highest Point 2500 ft 

Features Lakes Waterfalls Old growth Mountain views 

User info 

Dogs allowed on leash 

Northwest Forest Pass required

Heather Lake Trail No. 701 takes off into a crowded forest of second-growth fir. Colossal cedar stumps punctuate the forest floor, testaments of the impressive ancient forest that graced these slopes not too long ago. On rocky but good tread, the trail winds its way through the dark woods. A few frothing streams help break the bleakness.

After a short burst of climbing, the trail merges onto an old woods road. The grade eases to round a ridge. Soon, however, it's once again up you go. The trail then enters a cool ravine-Heather Creek tumbles below, giant old-growth cedars tower above, and bountiful boughs of ferns grace the forest floor. Your new dynamic surroundings are quite a contrast to the woods you first entered.


GROUP HIKING
Hiking with a group is very different from hiking as an individual. Each hiker has a responsibility to the group, as the group has a responsibility to each hiker. Participants  should plan to stay with the group for the duration of the hike.


CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT
Dress for the Pacific Northwest out-of-doors: expect rain, snow, sunshine, fog and everything between.


HIKER ESSENTIALS
You Should Have:
BACK PACK WITH
FOOD, WATER,
EXTRA CLOTHING,
RAINGEAR,
FLASHLIGHT, MATCHES,
HIKING BOOTS OR HIKING SHOES,
MAP & COMPASS, FIRST AID KIT,
EMERGENCY SHELTER


Extra clothes, at minimum, should include a warm hat, gloves and a warm shirt/top. Cotton is not advised. Synthetic materials such as fleece and wool are better alternatives.
Some circumstances could require you to spend the night outside.
Being prepared is for your safety and the safety of the group.

Dogs are required to be leashed on this hike and have their owner present. If you decide you want to unleash your dog, it must be under voice control, stay on the trail, and away from leashed dogs. Give your self and dog adequate space from others. Please respect other hikers on the trail and restrain your dog when approaching or being approached by others

Basically, the closer in and more popular the hike and bigger the group the more insistent I am that dogs remain on leash. You should come expecting to have your dog leashed at all times.

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  • Kathy L.

    Everyone showed, everyone was early, everyone was friendly, setting a group up for a great outing. Nice hike, good thing we got started early so we had the trail mostly to ourselves on the way up, because once church was out the trail got busy. Thanks for coming out and being good trail buddies with me today. See you all soon.

    1 · July 6, 2014

  • Ginger Bracamontes C.

    Great hike, ladies! As always, thanks to you, Kathy, for arranging everything!

    July 6, 2014

  • Ginger Bracamontes C.

    I can fit another person in my car. My husband evidently injured his Achilles' tendon on out hike yesterday and is in pain so now I'll be alone with the poodles so lots of space for passengers. Text or call at[masked] if you want to ride along.

    July 5, 2014

  • Ginger Bracamontes C.

    If anyone needs to carpool, I can take two people with small dogs or one person with a larger dog with us. We will be leaving Issaquah EARLY because I will be dropping my daughter off at my son's house in Mountlake Terrace. I can meet someone in Issaquah at the Transit Center (6:15) or can pick someone up at the Lynnwood Transit Center or the Ash Way Park and Ride at 7 am.

    July 5, 2014

  • Kathy L.

    You do need a northwest forest pass for this trailhead (not the state discover pass). Please be sure you have the correct one. This is a busy hike so I am sure they will be out checking.
    We will be meeting at the Granite Falls McDonalds/Chevron(?) station at 8 am as this is the last place I have cell service before the trailhead [masked]). We can caravan from there. I do not want cars left parked here so if you want to carpool you need to make arrangements to meet up with someone elsewhere before meeting us at 8.
    Bring snacks, water, lunch (as it should be nice enough to stop and eat at the lake), hiking poles may come in hand as the trail is rocky in places and a good attitude.
    See you all in the morning. Have a safe drive.

    1 · July 5, 2014

  • Kendra W.

    I am taking the spot that just opened on the waiting list and I realize you reserve the right to "bump me out" as the description says, if I have previous "no shows". Tail between my legs.

    June 29, 2014

    • Kendra W.

      Weather looks good! Just checking - we are meeting at McDonald's at 8:00 then heading in a caravan to the trailhead? I am wondering because I don't have a Discover Pass. Let me know what will be easiest.

      July 4, 2014

    • Kathy L.

      Kendra, I don't want you leaving your car at McD's. If you want to carpool with me and Kristy (You and Rizzo can have the backseat ) meet at Ash Way park and ride at 7am.

      July 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Seeing as there are 4 people waiting on a spot and I have already done this hike twice then I will forfeit my place. See you guys next time!

    July 4, 2014

  • Vanessa

    Kathy, I would like to ride with you on this if I may, as I mentioned Saturday. Please let me know if that is a problem.

    June 30, 2014

    • Vanessa

      Thanks!

      July 2, 2014

    • Vanessa

      Kathy - I am sorry for canceling but I have work to finish Sunday and I have decided this will be too long on the road for me.

      July 4, 2014

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