Explore the most popular Lake trails in Mount Pilchuck State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

on Lake 22 Trail

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scramble
1 day ago

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rocky
1 day ago

Heather lake was very beautiful. It was worth the hike. The path was Rocky and muddy. Trail is surrounded by trees all along making it easy to walk even when it's hot.

hiking
2 days ago

This was my first time on this trail, and it is great! Got to the lot at 8am (Sunday) and there were just a few spots left. Trail was mostly shaded but it was already getting warm. Much of the trail is wet, but more like puddles than stream crossing, but I’m glad I wore my waterproof shoes. The exposed sections on rock were hot, but easy enough to cross. Once we arrived at the lake, we were in awe of the beauty and the boardwalk around the lake is great. Lots of big rocks on the far side of the lake to soak up some sun and have lunch. Going up was easy and quiet, but by the time we started back, we were met by crowds of people and unleashed dogs. My friend and I picked up no less than 5 bags of dog poo (and other garbage) that had been left on the trail. I also stepped in poo that wasn’t bagged. I think for the length, difficulty, and payoff at the lake, this has become one of my favorite hikes, but I’ll wait to go back when it’s cooler and less crowded.

hiking
2 days ago

This is a great hike on a hot day since most of the hike has a forest canopy. Get there early because the lot can fill up quickly. The trail has areas of rocks and exposed tree roots. Some areas were muddy with water puddles due to the rainy July this year. The lake is gorgeous with a few lingering snow fields and some high water falls coming down the cliff walls. Go for a swim if you can. The crystal clear water is invigorating and cold.

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muddy
2 days ago

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rocky
2 days ago

Parking could be a bit of an hassle; I recommend reaching there early. I reached there at 8:00am and there were still a few parking spaces left, but were getting filled fast. It took me around 3 hours to complete the hike and get back down to the parking lot. The hike itself is beautiful. There are a couple of waterfalls and a stream which add to the beauty of the trail itself. The trail itself is rocky and muddy at places, and I would recommend a good pair of shoes. The trail can also get crowded on weekends, so be sure to reach early.

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rocky
2 days ago

got to trailhead at 730am on Sunday and only 10 cars at the trailhead. parking lot full and cars parked on the road at 1030am. passed more than 100 people when desending. last half mile of road to trailhead is REALLY bad and full of potholes everywhere. we were able to make it with a Honda Civic with caution. High clearance vehicle would do just fine. lots of mosquitoes around the lake

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rocky
3 days ago

Great hike! However the road condition to get to it was full of very large potholes ! Amazing weather and great view!

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rocky
scramble
3 days ago

Beautiful trail. Lots of water on trail. Need waterproof hiking shoes. Lots of rock scramble. Three full waterfalls. Beautiful lake. Definitely loop around the lake. Took 6 hours with lunch break at lake. Hot day today so it was fun getting in the cold water. Bathroom at parking lot, full lot. Lots of people hiking out. Pretty populated. But otherwise worth a 7 mile day hike.

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rocky
3 days ago

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rocky
3 days ago

This was my first solo hike and it was amazing! The views on the hike were great and the lake was amazing. There was a lot of shade but also a good part of being in the sun. It was a lot rockier than I thought it would have been. I was grateful for my hiking shoes! Watery spots to walk in made the rocks a little slippery, especially if your shoes don't have good traction. Totally worth it! Took me about 4 hours, but I did stop at the lake for lunch.

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rocky
3 days ago

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rocky
3 days ago

it's an amazing hike with a rewarding view, but halfway through the hike the rocks become very sharp for normal trailrunners, study soles and mosquito spray are a must

hiking
3 days ago

Moderate hike that ends at a serene and beautiful lake! Worth the effort! Would surely recommend it! If you don’t have the north west pass, you can buy it at Verlot service center which is < 2 miles from the trail head parking lot. Parking lot gets full easily. So, try to get there as early as possible.

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rocky
4 days ago

Beautiful hike did it on Thursday, parking lot was almost empty, started at 4 pm and took 2 hours to get up to the lake. So many waterfalls at this time of year. Hiking or waterproof shoes are must. Most of the trail have running water. Trail is very beautiful and well maintained. Make sure to check all the waterfall on your way up, also make a loop around the lake.

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