Heaton Flat looks like great hike -- Where can I get a map for the hike and directions to the trail head? -- Will I need any permits if I do as one day hike? Says Bob Sommer
Heaton Flat Trail has a total elevation difference of 3,275 feet which is higher than average. Keep in mind that this is a long backpacking trail, so make sure you bring plenty of supplies. Heaton Flat Trail is 13.3 miles long; it's longer than many backcountry hiking trails. Some parts of Heaton Flat Trail are much higher up than other parts of the backcountry hiking trail, so keep in mind that you may need to dress differently at different elevations. Now, this is roughly a 2-day backcountry trek, so better have big a backpack to fit all the stuff you need. Sometimes this backpacking trail gets really dry, so do check for current fire restrictions before you go if you plan to bring a stove or make a camp fire.