Glasses Lake is an add on destination from Heather Lake (#1526) near Lake Wenatchee.
This is a beautiful small lake tucked immediately under Grizzly Peak and the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). Where Heather Lake is often shared with a number of hiking and camping groups, you are pretty much assured to have lunch by yourself at Glasses. Only a half-dozen trip reports have been filed in the last decade, this is a good predictor of solitude.
From the east end of Heather Lake, cross the large log jam at the outlet stream, left from the big swimming ledge when looking at the lake from the Heather Lake trail. Once across the logs, proceed along the south shore of the lake, following a well-established fisherman’s trail. You will cross a small stream coming down the valley from the south. This is the outlet stream from Glasses Lake.
Look for an old "no campfires" sign, as the trail up to Glasses runs right
by this sign. The trail tread is faint, as is appropriate for a trail that sees minimal traffic.
In addition to the faded tread, the trail is marked with blazes and occasional survey tape. It is not hard to follow. You will climb steadily up and be rewarded when you arrive at the lakes edge.
Note: The only way to access Glasses Lake is via Heather Lake, so while it is only 1.5 miles from the larger, more popular lake, a roundtrip hike to Glasses Lake is 10 miles from the trailhead and back.
- 10.0 miles, roundtrip
- Elevation Gain
- 700 feet
- Highest Point
- 4,682 feet
Hiking Glasses Lake
Map & Directions
Co-ordinates: 47.8762, -121.0409 Open in Google Maps