Lake 22 Trail

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Lake 22 Trail is a 6.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Granite Falls, Washington that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

6.7 miles
1758 feet

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Lake Twentytwo Trail is a beautiful hike to an alpine lake through old growth forests ending with stunning mountain views of Mount Pilchuck. The trail can be accessed off of Mountain Loop Highway in the North Cascades area of Washington State. The path starts out gently enough on a dirt staircase through rainforest. You will hear water trickling from twentytwo creek through the forest in several locations along the way. A bridge crosses the creek around a mile in where there is a particularly pretty waterfall. Here the trail gets steeper, with more rocks and some creek crossings. Gentle but persistent switchbacks lead to a long talus slope with the wall of Lake Twentytwo looming above, seemingly insurmountable. The talus is a jumble of sharp rock, but navigable. The trail switches back and heads toward the large stream which outlets from the lake where it finally flattens out. A bit further down the trail is you will encounter lake itself, a turquoise lake with an the enormous steep wall of Mount Pilchuck behind it. A path goes around the entire lake and it is worth the time it takes to do this extra loop trail. The trail is rocky, so sturdy hiking shoes or boots are necessary. Since there are creek crossings, waterproof hiking boots are recommended. This is a great hike, however it is very popular and can be crowded on weekends. It is best to get there early as parking fills up quickly.

4 days ago

Spectacular hike! Took an hour and 15 minutes ro get to the top. Well worth the trek. Some icy spots. Surely as the temp goes how the ice will build up with the precipitation that is to come. The boardwalks were beautiful and snows covered. The lake had a thin layer of ice on it.

I did this hike today in the rain and it was gorgeous! I really loved everything about it, so many sights of waterfalls and bridges, beautiful trees, etc! I will definitely go back

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8 days ago

This is the best hike I’ve done so far; right at the top of my list of must-do-hikes. It was icy at places but we managed to do it with just waterproof boots and trekking poles... The trail gets snowy after a mile or so and the views are pretty awesome from then on. I was awe-struck after I caught the first glimpse of the lake and the huge mountain at the top. It literally felt like paradise on earth, something words can’t explain... Enough said, just go do it... It is an easy hike for a an experienced hiker. Make sure you pack an extra layer..

8 days ago

This is one of my new all-time favorite trails. it was slick and icy in spots. One fellow hiker I met seemed very happy to have microspikes and the lake boardwalk had about a foot and a half of snow on it. However, this hike was so worth it and spectacular in this weather. It felt like I was hiking through a magical Christmas forest. Can't wait to go back!

12 days ago

Stunning hike.

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16 days ago

Beautiful place to visit. Part of the board walk around the lake was a little frozen and slippery but you have to be careful walking on it. I was there on Sunday., October 29th, 2017.

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20 days ago

Wet, rocky hike with very nice payoff at the top--yes, do the loop to soak it all in. In late October through winter, this little north-facing valley, especially the lake basin, sees no sun, so pack an extra layer to keep warm when not actively hiking.

21 days ago

Beautiful! taking the extra loop around at the top is a must!

23 days ago

It was an unexpected moderate hike. My sister and I went during the week because it can get busy. The path gets narrow and steep but the reward is very breath taking. If you have bad knees, I recommend taking it easy. Wear good comfortable hiking shoes because the path gets very rocky.
Once you reach the top, there is multiply places to rest, grab a bite to eat, listen to the sounds and echos of nature.

25 days ago

This was my first real hike and it was awesome. Suggest not doing it in the rain or if you do plan for some weather proofing. We completed the whole hike in about 3 hours and by the time we reached the bottom we were soaked from head to toe. Very beautiful and peaceful. There is about a mile long section that is a little more difficult as it is mostly jagged rocks with never ending switchbacks. The lake at the top was absolutely beautiful. Will be doing this hike again in better weather for sure!

1 month ago

Fantastic hike.
Would recommend going during a weekday in the early morning. Discovered the weekends are packed for parking and unfortunately a lot of loud teenagers (I'm only 25 and it was a little ridiculous when we arrived at the lake) were hiking as well.

I understand it's great that the younger generation is outside, but I can't think of a single reason why someone needs EDM club music blaring from their iPhone while hiking up this trail. It has beautiful sights, sounds, and vistas that the hike alone is music to your ears. Please, unplug yourself from the rituals of daily life. Go to Lake 22 to cleanse your soul.

The hike itself is absolutely gorgeous. It has everything Washington can offer you. Old growth, a variety of ferns and mosses, creeks, waterfalls, and wonderful views of some mountains about 2.1 miles in. Absolutely breathtaking and puts in perspective how small you really are.

Reaching the lake you are greeting with its crystal clear waters, dancing dragonflies, and a rock face that towers over you. All of these views are worth the steady incline you will travel. 10/10 hike. Great cardio workout.

1 month ago

Very peaceful morning hike, beautiful time to go all of the trees are changing colors!!

1 month ago

Went in August, arrived before 9am and parking lot was already full. We parked in other parking lot across the street. Other than crowds, the trail was fun. It started off easy until near top, trail becomes very rocky. If you have knee problems, take it easy at that section of the trail. We were able to find a spot by lake to have our lunches and chill before going down.

1 month ago

Loved it and well worth it. Not a difficult hike. Proper footwear is needed and arrive early because you are going to want to hang around all the spots on the lake!)