Lake 22 Trail

MODERATE 826 reviews

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.

DISTANCE
6.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1548 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

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nature trips

snowshoeing

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beach

forest

lake

river

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waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

old growth

rocky

snow

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.

hiking
1 day ago

Hiked on 1/14 in the AM. Arrived around 10:00am and the parking lot was packed (I'd imagine due to some sunshine in January and the holiday weekend). That said, the trail didn't ever feel too busy, which was great.

It's a beautiful trail that follows a flowing stream (with numerous waterfalls) up the mountain. The trail is in pretty good shape, albeit a bit wet for most of the hike. You'll find a few good lookout points (overlooking the surround ranges) on the up. As other's have mentioned, there's a bit of snow towards the top, but with a decent pair of hiking boots you'll be fine (no crampons or spikes needed). The lake is beautiful at this time of the year - would absolutely recommend making the trek.

hiking
2 days ago

Great trail and scenery. Many describe this as “rocky” and I suppose the talus section is but unless you are doing this in running shoes, which would be a bad call, it’s really not that bad, I’ve seen a lot worse. You want proper hiking boots for this trail and preferably ones with some degree of “waterproofness”, many sections with running water. If you like cold wet feet then hey, go for it with runners! You’ll start to hit snow just before you pitch up into the lake, most of the lake circuit is packed snow, get off the trail and you’ll be “post-holing”. Unless you enjoy slipping, sliding, and falling on your butt microspikes are highly recommended. Can you do the lake loop without them, yes, but depending on the temperature this can get real “sporty”.

Great day, great hike, crowded but a solid good time!

2 days ago

easy - moderate hike. the lake at the end is frozen at this time of year

hiking
2 days ago

My boyfriend and I hiked this trail yesterday. Easily one of the coolest trails we’ve been on in terms of terrain. You’re going to see waterfalls, mountains, and exposed bluffs on the way up, and the lake itself is exquisite in the wintertime. If you want to spend some quality time up at the top (and you should), I’d recommend dressing in layers and bringing some gloves as it got a bit chilly.

2 days ago

Great hike! Some snow at the top today and pretty icy I suggest boots and snow covers(: dress in layers because there is an open rocky part that is much warmer than the rest of the trail

5 days ago

Very icy when we went definitely recommend micro spikes and icy ❄️

hiking
9 days ago

Love it. A couple of things worth mentioning. The snow at the lake is slippery so micro spikes might not be a bad idea. Second, I saw two avalanches, and heard a third in the mountain. So if you are planning to go around the lake watch for snow conditions.

hiking
12 days ago

My second hike and not that bad . I was beautiful wear good shoes and socks vary rocky and you walk through creeks. You can see water falls also this time a year vary snowy once you get towards the top . Worth every moment !!!

14 days ago

Really cool trail! The forest on the way in has a ton of personality and a waterfall, there's a view, and the lake was absolutely gorgeous. I had heard it was busy so went early on a weekday and only saw a couple other people. Micro spikes would have been nice since all the traffic has made very slippery packed ice on the way up. Glad I wore snow pants bc i ended up on my bum a couple times. Fantastic trail.

hiking
15 days ago

The hike ends in a beautiful view with snow covered mountains and frozen lake. The road to TH is all clear, the parking lot has some snow though. Trail had snow and lots of muddy water. People were doing without spikes but we used spikes and I wouldn't have done it without spikes. Beware of the icy wooden bridges, saw people slipping on those a lot, we were fine with spikes.

hiking
16 days ago

The lake is beautiful and completely frozen over. Wear cramp ons the trail is pretty slippery at times. Be careful in little bridge log paths, I slipped on those a few times.

17 days ago

Amazing hike! Challenging when you near the top due to icy packed snow. Very rocky with ice cover. Otherwise a moderate hike.

21 days ago

Trail was great today! some fresh snow from last night. made it around the lake in hiking boots even though it's about 3 ft deep in places there's a nice packed trail. Trex and poles recommended, some spots were slick on the way down.

hiking
21 days ago

Great hike. The lake was completely frozen over.. The trail was well marked and parking lot accessible.

hiking
1 month ago

Wonderful snowy hike. Trail is a bit rocky so watch out for your ankles. The lake is completely frozen now.

hiking
1 month ago

The snow is wonderful and makes the lake so pretty. There were quite a few people on the trail today. Only was snowy the closer you got to the lake. Didn’t bring spikes or anything and did fine in the icy parts with a walking pole.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked: 12/09
Time: 1:06 (up), 3:00 RT (incl. break up top and lunch)
My partner and I, both moderate fitness levels, found the hike to be on the easier side of “medium”. Steepness is moderate, with terrain being mostly rocky (annoying but not as muddy). The final section (20mins) had a slight amount of snow/ice, but we were able to make it without difficulty or the use of spikes. The lake was near 100% frozen over, with a good 10” of snow.

hiking
1 month ago

This hike was beautiful and way easier than I had anticipated! I was in regular hiking boots and my friend had to hike in rain boots, but we both made it perfectly fine. The lake is almost completely frozen over, which is awesome. No need for spikes or poles until it snows more in my opinion. The bridge in the very beginning of the hike is the only completely iced over area, and it’s hilarious watching people ice skate across it.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail! Well worn, not as well kept up but still easy. Definitely would recommend microspikes for the last half mile or so. Get ready for a full parking lot and an icy (but worth it) hike!

1 month ago

I went on a beautiful fall day. The parking was full by the time I arrived at 9:30. I parked at the day pass picnic lot across the road. a little muddy in areas but beautiful. The hike felt normal, not too strenuous.

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