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Lake 22 Trail

MODERATE 1419 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

dogs on leash

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

bird watching

beach

forest

lake

partially paved

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

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.

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bugs
muddy
rocky
9 hours ago

hiking
1 day ago

Trail in good shape. No snow. A little water on the trail but non waterproof trail shoes worked just fine for me. Took my 6 & 9 year old with me. Up in 1 hour 45 minutes and down in 1 hour 20 minutes.

2 days ago

beautiful on the way up from the cute bridges, the waterfalls flowing onto the trail, the view of the valley, and the lake itself. the hardest part is the rock section, twisted my ankle a couple times with the uneven footing and the arch of my foot started to get a little sore but was absolutely worth it. the rocky sections are very exposed to the sun as well, sunscreen is probably a good idea.

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rocky
4 days ago

I was a little surprised and unprepared for the amount of water on the trail. Trail is also rocky. For these reasons, I highly suggest waterproof shoes with ankle support. But overall, I loved the hike and the views at the lake were gorgeous!

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rocky
scramble
4 days ago

Absolutely stunning! I loved it! It’s definitely worth the very rocky treck to the lake! I need better shoes!

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rocky
scramble
4 days ago

I don't even know where to start! Absolutely positively a delight of a hike!! The trail was like a playground for adults. My encouragement would be to push through and not give up, at all, ever on the trail. When you reach the switchbacks of boulders and rocks... keep going, it will flatten up. Very calm at lake. I was able to rest on a huge boulder and read for part of the afternoon. Will be back many more times

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rocky
5 days ago

Wear hiking boots, I saw a lot of people who were clearly unprepared. There are a lot of rocks/uneven ground and water. The way up is beautiful and covered with small waterfalls and streams along with spectacular trees. The hike around the lake is definitely worth the extra time to do.

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muddy
6 days ago

Amazing views on the way up! Not too many people (minus the guy who brought a drone - so rude). Nice, secluded lake at the top with a little snow.

hiking
6 days ago

Wonderful hike, our dog enjoyed it too. Hiked it on May 19th, we had to walk through a few streams that crossed the trail and other times it felt like the stream was the trail, so just make sure your hiking boots are water proof or step carefully. The lake and mountains are absolutely beautiful total worth it. Keep in mind you do need a Northwest Forest Pass.

hiking
7 days ago

Came back to wa after a year living on flat ground on my way from SeaTac to Bellingham. Perfectly in between Seattle and Bellingham so I recommend it as a pit stop. Great trail conditions with the only remaining snow being at the lake towards the mountains. Gorgeous hike that and anyone is capable of doing in four hours or so. Glacial emerald turquoise water at the lake.

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rocky
7 days ago

Make sure to stop by the visitors center to get a national forest pass before you hike! It’s only $5 for one day! Most beautiful hike I’ve been on! So many waterfalls along the way, there’s a rough spot with rocks but other than that it’s pretty easy and gorgeous everywhere you look

hiking
7 days ago

Short, fairly easy, and the lake is extremely well maintained. Great for hanging out at the top while you enjoy the amazing scenery.

muddy
rocky
7 days ago

This hike was on my list for a very long time. And it is one of the prettiest hike I have done. The trail is pretty muddy and rocky. I would mark this hike as moderate. It is pretty crowded during the day. I will avoid this trail during rains

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rocky
snow
7 days ago

This is not the easiest hike, but is pretty straightforward if you have good endurance. There is a pretty high grade stretch that is very rocky. Would recommend good comfortable shoes. The view at the end makes up for it. It is very beautiful right now with melting snow, small waterfalls and flowing water over rocks. It is definitely moderate. Would recommend coming in early for parking closest to the park. Gets crowded early.

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rocky
7 days ago

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8 days ago

It has many beautiful views , a couple of waterfalls, a view of the wide expansive area, and the lake with snow capped peaks. The water was freezing!!! There are a lot of rocks and stairs the entire way. But it is worth it. It is a moderate hike. Definitely wear waterproof boots , because there is mud and eater on the trails. Poles helped me:

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snow
9 days ago

Our first hike in the US, and we loved it!! So beautiful, lots of friendly company on the trail!!

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rocky
snow
9 days ago

This hike took me about 1h 15min up 1 hour loop around the lake and 45min down. I Definitely recomend this hike! Worth to see it!

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rocky
10 days ago

NORTHWEST FOREST PASS REQUIRED! This hike is gorgeous from the moment you step onto the trail to when you get to the lake. I went when it was raining and during the weekday (5/14) so it wasn’t busy at all or hot. There were a lot of loose rocks about 2 miles into the hike, which was the difficult part of the hike. I would recommend this hike to anyone, but if your knees or ankles aren’t in the greatest of shape, just be prepared for a lot uneven ground and loose rocks. When you get to the lake, you can go around, but just be careful of the left over snow and ice.

hiking
10 days ago

Rocky most of the trail. Beautiful lake to take a skinny dip

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rocky
14 days ago

We just hiked this trail for the first time today and it was spectacular. Couldn’t recommend it enough. We have 3 kids (3,7 and 9) and they loved the hike too. Some good elevation gain but still pretty mild for the kiddos. Maybe rate it as easy- moderate. It was pretty rocky which kept it fun for us. The only downside was that it was pretty busy today. Maybe because it was 80 plus degrees on a Saturday....

rocky
15 days ago

in the past few months I've been getting into hiking a ton, and I won't be forgetting this hike. the end is completely worth it. there's a lot of pointy rocks to climb so boots are a great idea. to whoever left their dog poop in a bag on the side of the trail, your bag is still there. aside for an empty water bottle, the trail is very well maintained.

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muddy
rocky
15 days ago

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snow
16 days ago

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18 days ago

The first 1.7 of the trail are through a beautiful old growth forest with numerous river and waterfall views. The trail then goes through 4 extremely rocky switchbacks with numerous spikey rocks you have to pay very close attention to. I hate this part of the trail, though luckily it doesn’t last long! The last 1/2 mile climbs through the forest to the lake, with snow only appearing on the trail the last 100 yards of the trail. The ice on the lake looks like it’s melting quickly, it looks like it should be melted in another 3 weeks. Still a fair amount of snow at the lake.

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bugs
muddy
rocky
snow
20 days ago

20 days ago

Great hike to start off the season. It seems longer than 2.7 mi. each way as it is a good climb. The lake is still covered in snow. Wear boots! We saw sandals (crazy) Please don't leave poop bags on the trail for others to pick up. Beautiful and worth it! Picnic at the lake, leave no trace.

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rocky
21 days ago

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blowdown
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21 days ago

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