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Washington Backcountry Trails

Waterfall out of Malachite Lake

Malachite Lake


Big Heart Lake Loop

Big Heart lake in the distance

Definition of terms below
Location: Alpine Lake Wilderness 
Directions: Head up Hwy 2 on the west side of Stevens Pass, take the No 68 Foss River road, then continue to the trailhead
Difficulty: Strenuous
Elevation +/- 3000 ft elevation gain
Distance: 13+ miles
Rating: 10 out of 10
Fishing: Great, Take a raft these lakes are big
Scenery: Cascade mountains and Alpine lakes
Map: Printable Topo Map


Big Heart lake loop in great, it has a little bit of bushwhacking and lots of trail hiking.

The trail starts off level but makes up for it after going by Trout Lake. Then you hit a bunch of switchbacks on your way up to Malachite Lake, where we stayed our first night. We started hiking in a complete down poor but by the second day it was beautiful.

Day two led us past Copper Lake, Little Heart Lake then on up to Big Heart Lake where we stayed the second night. We managed only to see other hikers foot prints, no others ventured out, this weekend. Once at Big Heart Lake we set up camp on the "hill". We soaked up some sun and caught some fish.

Fishing was like an old wise tail--every lure I put on I ended up catching a fish. It was truly a remarkable experience. If you row your raft around the corner of Big Heart the is an awesome island back there-sometime I am going to camp there.

Do it again? Yes

Other Links:
WTA Trip Report
Ranger Mike's Hikes Big Heart Region
Lance's Hiking Adventures
Foss Lakes area in March by gagliano
West Fork Foss Lakes trail report by hiking fool

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