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Conor Nasr reviewed Lake 22 Trail
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it's good

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Ellena Saechao reviewed Lake 22 Trail
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Good portion of the lake is still frozen over—be a bit cautious out on the lake! Spikes/trekkers are a good idea for the last ~20 minutes of the trail, there’s still a little snow!

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Catherine Melgar reviewed Trail of the Cedars Nature Walk
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Easy hike that’s great for kids. Nice views of the water and a bridge.

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Laura Isaacson reviewed Lake 22 Trail
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HikingFeeGreat!MuddyRockySnow

What a perfect day to hike this trail! If you have spikes (micro spikes from REI are my favorite - they’re easy to put on and take off and are a game changer!), then bring them. You’ll need them about 1/2 way up. Parking was full, but with a little patience, a spot opened up (I arrived at 10am and only waited about 5-10 min) There were a lot of people but not crowded at all - sunny and beautiful at the top. Lake still 95% frozen over - will be fun to compare today’s images to some in a couple months when everything is melted!

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Andrew McCloat reviewed Lake 22 Trail
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Way too crowded. Not relaxing. Looking to scratch the outdoor Itch, I’d keep looking. Can’t even say I’d bring people from out Of town here. View at the lake is pretty but, like I said if you are looking to have an escape (from people) this ain’t it. Gear Recommendation. BRING CRAMPONS/MICRO SPIKES/ Whoeva. Last half of trail is very snowy/slushy

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Dave Laird reviewed Lake 22 Trail
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Lots of people on a sunny Saturday. Still a mile of snow on the trail.

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Steven Lim reviewed Lake 22 Trail
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Great trail with amazing views. 1.5 miles up, a tree fell so you have to use the rope to continue on the trail. Other than that, it was straight forward and offered some nice views of the mountains.

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Julia Rummel reviewed Lake 22 Trail
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This is a fun and beautiful trail with lots of variety. As of April 16, it still has a lot of snow and flowing water. Waterproof hiking shoes and microspikes are highly recommended. The many people we saw with tennis shoes were struggling with the slick terrain and had wet feet.

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Sophia Dosch reviewed Lake 22 Trail
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Fei Chen reviewed Lake 22 Trail
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It was a very beautiful hiking. Spike . Trekking poles . Waterproof boots . We did great . It was fun when slide a little bit.. My teenage son and his friends did snow flight on the lake which covered snow .we took a long break and enjoyed the beautiful view . We got there 8:50 am 04/16/21. No parking issue . We avoid to come on the weekend . Total different view with snow . We did this trail summer last year. Just walked around the falling trees . Thanks for the people put ropes for that area . Make it easier for hikers.please wear masks . Half of them NOT WEARS MASKS.

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Claire Kosel reviewed Lake 22 Trail
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HikingGreat!MuddyRockySnow

Great hike, definitely a lot of water due to melting snow on the first half, second half is pretty much all snow. Definitely would recommend wearing hiking shoes at a minimum. Saw so many out there with just tennis shoes on. A lot of the times you’re having to walk through standing water and I can only image how wet their shoes were. Snow was a little slick, did this hike without spikes, but they definitely would have been useful!

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Eden M reviewed Lake 22 Trail
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I did this hike 4/16/21 - it was great, can’t wait to go back in the summer. There is a washed out section about 1.7 miles in. There’s a yellow rope and a purple rope to assist in going up. I actually didn’t use the ropes as I found each of those paths to be too muddy. I scrambled up a section just before the ropes and came down the same way. It was fine! Lots of snow soon after the washed out section and continuing all the way to the lake. It’s very slushy - I had spikes and poles and was super glad I had them. People going up in tennis shoes were sliding all over the place. I had my Altras and regretted not wearing my waterproofs. My feet got soaked from all the creek/stream crossings. Lots of families and dogs. The lake is reachable but it’s completely frozen/snowed over. Gorgeous scenery!

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Tierra Brewer reviewed Lake 22 Trail
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The snow is getting on the slushy side on the switch backs. It’s manageable though. Families were out there and people with their doggos. I wasn’t able to finish the lake because I kept sinking into the snow. Nothing some snow shoes and crampons can’t fix if you’re determined. Beautiful day.

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Sarah O reviewed Lake 22 Trail
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I enjoy hiking Lake 22, but there are too many people who hike the trail without any mask and they don’t maintain 6 feet. It can be challenging to find parking during the summer so try to get there early.

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Eight-Bit Robert reviewed Lake 22 Trail
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HikingBlowdownGreat!IcyMuddyRockySnow

Beautiful day at Lake 22. Got to the trailhead about 8 am. We were the third car in the lot. First two miles of the trail was wet with small patches of icy snow here and there. At 1.7 miles there is a large tree across the trail. If you look to the right as you approach the tree there is a yellow rope and just beyond that you’ll see a purple rope. We went up via the purple rope and was much easier with good root foot holds. Snow starts at about the two mile mark just as you exit the trees. We went up without traction but would definitely recommend it as I took a pretty good spill on an icy section. We did spike up on the way back down as it was a bit slushy and icy. Had lunch at the lake and the views are priceless! This trail is totally worth the extra work with the view at the end. Would definitely bring traction devices. Personal decision if you choose to use them or not.

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