Lake 22 Trail

MODERATE 930 reviews

Lake 22 Trail is a 6.5 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
6.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1545 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

beach

forest

lake

river

views

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.

nature trips
1 hour ago

Way too many people on this trail. Discovery pass not accepted. Nice hike though.

11 hours ago

This really kicked my butt!!! It was ok for the 1st mile then it got more challenging and then very extreme!!! Steep climb with a lot of rocks.Not enough space for a 2 way traffic.

hiking
15 hours ago

The trail is gorgeous and great for all skill levels. We got there around 8 am and by the time we were heading down it was pretty crowded. The view of the lake at the end is spectacular. It was snowy by the lake, so wearing water proof shoes is ideal.

hiking
4 days ago

Stunning hike!

6 days ago

an amazing hike. It's only me and my girlfriends second time ever hiking so it felt long for us but it was beautiful the whole time. Also this is a trail that any experience level should be able to do!

hiking
6 days ago

I found this hike challenging with the different terrains, the talus, and then slippery snow at the end to the lake. I'm new to hiking and it was more difficult than I expected but I think it will be easier in the summer and plan to Hike it again when I can see the lake and walk around it without snow! Definitely need hiking shoes to safely hike this trail.

6 days ago

It is beautiful!! Greats views .

hiking
6 days ago

This was a beautiful hike! Just did it today may 20th! Got to the top in 50 min not too difficult just a good slow incline the whole way! Snowy the last bit but i had sneakers and wasn’t ever a problem! Will definitely do again when the snow is gone around the lake!

hiking
6 days ago

A wonderful hike! I got there at 8:30 and there were only a few spots left in the parking lot. It is so worth getting there early because on the way up, I mostly had the trail to myself. The waterfalls are wonderful, there's a piece where the trees clear and you get an amazing view of the surrounding mountains, and of course the lake at the top is gorgeous. Still a little snowy so you can't get around the lake too much but still a great place to sit for a while and just enjoy the view. It's a steep hike so get ready for it to kick your booty!!

8 days ago

This was a great hike! Our 7 year old loved it as well.

hiking
10 days ago

Beginning of May hike, and it was a great hike! Parking lot is small, so getting to the trailhead early is nice. Right now there is still a little snow on the last part of the hike to see the lake, but manageable. I’ll do it again in summer to see the lake not snowy!

hiking
11 days ago

This hike has everything - waterfalls, mountain views, snow, and an incredible lake view at the top. It is difficult because of the various types of terrain. You hike through rivers, lots of big rocks, and the last part of the hike is completely covered in snow. Highly recommend waterproof shoes with good traction and/or snow cleats that you can pack with you and put on for the last bit of the hike. It's very slippery, and easy to fall through patches of snow and find yourself knee deep. The view at the top is totally worth it!!

13 days ago

great view and enjoyable dog walk.

hiking
14 days ago

Fun short trail with amazing views at the lake.

18 days ago

Great hike!!

hiking
19 days ago

Beautiful and adventurous

23 days ago

hiking
23 days ago

Snow covering last 1/4 of the trail. Multiple feet of snow around the lake. Lake frozen, with water visible at the discharge point and at a couple of inlet point. Avalanches occurring on the far side.

28 days ago

This was a great moderate hike! Still lots of snow at the top! So pretty!

What a gorgeous hike! We encountered multiple waterfalls on our way up along with old growth trees and beautiful vegetation. The lake at the end is truly spectacular and well worth the climb. Loved hiking here today! Lots of people so be prepared to share the trail. More dogs than I have seen anywhere else so make sure your dog is friendly!
If you go hiking within the next few weeks make sure to wear waterproof shoes with crampons. It will make the hike that much better. The snow is melting, but most hikers noted the increased snowpack this year.
Have fun!

hiking
1 month ago

It was a little bit snowy at the top but that is totally to be expected at this time of year! Gorgeous hike and beautiful mountainside when you reach your destination. There is quite a bit of water so make sure to wear water resistant or water proof shoes if you don’t want to get wet! Super easy for dogs to navigate, not too hard on their paws although there is a section that’s mostly shale. Only downfall is it is popular so a lot of stopping and waiting for people. Highly recommend getting there early in the morning if you want to avoid the crowds.

1 month ago

Great hike lots snow last 10min hike.4/15/2018

hiking
1 month ago

Did this hike on 4-14-18. It rained the whole time, some of the trail was washed out but manageable. Tons of snow at the top which had me wishing I had brought my snowshoes. Overall a super beautiful hike, was surprised how many others braved the weather for it!

1 month ago

Went in the rain. Super wet trail. Lots of creeks and rock hopping to cross. Still a lot of snow towards the top which could be a tad slippery with some sink holes. Beautiful hike nonetheless

1 month ago

Amazing! This is a must do. The experience is great. It can be a little rough once you reach the rocks, but the top is so totally worth it. Moderate is a great description of this trail, depending on conditioning, and can be challenging at spots for some. The top is worth it!!

1 month ago

beautiful hike especially with the snow. can't wait to do it in the summer.

hiking
1 month ago

An awesome trail with a great reward at the end. It's the hardest trail I've done, and will definitely keep going back. It's a hard trail, and that's what makes it fun. Bring hiking poles, you'll need them.

2 months ago

Amazing view, worth the hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Sunrise hike here is amazing!

2 months ago

Hiked to Lake 22 on Saturday and the parking lot was full and slightly icy. Had to park across the street in the entrance of the second lot, as that was completely covered in snow and a car got stuck trying to go in. The hike is really pretty easy, definitely icy and lots of snow. The lake is starting to thaw and there was a high avalanche warning, but it seemed safe to me. Super beautiful!

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