Lake 22 Trail

MODERATE 1505 reviews

Lake 22 Trail is a 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: 7.0 miles Elevation Gain: 1,486 feet Route Type: Loop

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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.

hiking
6 minutes ago

Loved this hike. Very busy but the view and lake was amazing. Would definitely do again.

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muddy
rocky
18 hours ago

hiking
1 day ago

Amazing!! Out of state from Nebraska and found this hike and am so glad I did. I fell in love with this hike and cant wait to bring my family out here. it was like walking in a fairy garden in most parts. highly highly recommend hiking boots as lots of areas are rock chunks. It also rained on and off and my tennis shoes got wet. Regardless it was gorgeous and would absolutely do it again.

hiking
1 day ago

Great trail! Parking lot kinda small considering how popular it is. Most of the trail is shaded. Beautiful lake.

hiking
2 days ago

Really enjoyed this hike though very crowded! We found a spot to hang our hammocks and chill

hiking
3 days ago

Crowded trail (even on a drizzly day), but a beautiful destination. Do make the loop all the way around the lake, once you get to the top. It is absolutely worth it! A few of the boardwalks are broken near the far side, but they are easy to get around. Waterproof boots are recommended.

hiking
3 days ago

Beautiful dog friendly hike! Arrive early as parking fills up pretty soon. The view of the lake and mountains around is breathtaking. Definitely a beginner level hike.

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rocky
3 days ago

hiking
4 days ago

my favorite hike!

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rocky
7 days ago

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snow
10 days ago

awesome hike so worth it when you hit the top

hiking
10 days ago

Hiked yesterday. Awesome vista views. Very rocky in parts of the trial. Hiking poles are great to have especially for coming down. Lake 22 is beautiful! Still snow around the lake. Great hike!

hiking
10 days ago

Beautiful, beautiful trail. There is a reason it's so busy! I started about 6:30 on a Sunday and was not the first one on the trailhead but had it mostly to myself. Different story on the way down! Wear sunblock and good shoes, parts of the trail are exposed and parts are very rocky. Hiking poles were helpful.

hiking
10 days ago

Beautiful hike and amazing views. The trail is very rocky. Make sure to wear right footwear. My 12lbs puppy enjoyed the hike too.

hiking
10 days ago

Gorgeous view!

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bugs
rocky
11 days ago

Easy Saturday morning hike. Very busy on a Saturday

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muddy
rocky
11 days ago

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bugs
rocky
12 days ago

was an amazing hike with my 7 & 9 year old. gorgeous views <3

hiking
14 days ago

The trail was super awesome! I would recommend getting there early in the morning on a weekend, or hiking during the weekday- the trail gets very crowded and parking fills up quickly! Took us about 1.5 hours up at a moderate pace! Felt shorter than 7 miles round trip. Great half-day hike!

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rocky
15 days ago

National park parking permit required. It was a hard trail, not because of the steep level or the elevation, because of the rocks, lol...hiking shoes is highly recommended, otherwise, you will feel every angle of the rocks. It is worth to see the lake, blue-green ish water, quiet and charming. Make a wish!

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rocky
16 days ago

There’s a huge fallen tree blocking the trail halfway of the way in, so you have to climb on the rocks on the side. Rocky and muddy in a lot of areas - I was worried that my small dog would get injured in some places. Spectacular view though.

hiking
18 days ago

Definitely one of my favorite hikes and it’s not too hard, especially for those views! It was crowded on a Saturday, but that’s to be expected!

hiking
18 days ago

This was a great hiking experience! It about an hour to get up to the lake which was not bad at all. The view at the top was spectacular and I would defiantly go again!

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muddy
rocky
18 days ago

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