Hike Lake 22

5.4 Miles Round Trip - 1350 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

Lake 22 Trail - Search Nearby - Added by Gemina Garland-Lewis

Explore old growth hemlock and cedar forest protected since 1947 by the Lake 22 Research Natural Area. Along the hike, you'll take in stunning views of Whitehorse Mountain to the north, beautiful wildflowers and wild berries in summer, and several small waterfalls just off the trail.

If you're looking for a taste of the Mountain Loop Highway area, but don't have it in you for a longer, steeper journey, look no further than Lake 22. The trail starts out as flat and well-maintained, from the parking lot, before becoming a true mountain rainforest trail. Water and dampness are fairly ubiquitous on this trail, so be prepared with your footwear!

At 0.6 miles, you'll be offered a break from the watery trail and cross the bridge over Lake 22 Creek. There are several waterfalls in this area, so stop and enjoy the view. At 1.5 miles, you'll leave the old growth forest and start climbing a talus slope - on a clear day you'll have great views of the surrounding mountains from this section of the trail. About another half mile onwards, and you'll reenter the forest.

The final climb to Lake 22 is the wettest (and therefore lushest!), so again be prepared for getting those boots muddy or wet. You'll pop out at the lake after just 2.7 miles, and have the expansive north face of Mt. Pilchuck towering over you.

There is a combined boardwalk and trail that circumnavigates the lake. The trail has recently been updated with new construction, but prior to this, it had been noted that you should only attempt this if you are a well-seasoned hiker that can read the conditions well, that there's a boulder field on the far end of the lake and can be difficult to navigate and that there's the potential for seasonal avalanches on this side, as well. If you feel most comfortable staying off the path or don't want to add the mileage, there are plenty of great spots along the path to stop and have a snack and take in the view!

On your way back through Granite Falls, stop and get some delicious Mexican food at Playa Bonita.

Getting there: Take Highway 92 to Granite Falls, then follow signs for the Mountain Loop Highway. Continue 10.5 miles further to enter the Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest - the Lake 22 trailhead will be on your right in another 2.5 miles.

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5.4 Miles
1350 ft elevation gain
Out-and-Back Trail

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Nick Garcia

about 2 years ago

Tough, But Fun

This hike has tons of things to do and see! Beautiful waterfalls, wild flowers, and a serene lake to take a dip in. Only issue we encountered was the smoker air due to the BC wildfires, otherwise it was a great work out and hike!

Stephen Swisher

about 2 years ago

Great North Cascades Hike

Just did this hike early this morning. We got to the trailhead early, about 730am because it being summer and a Saturday I was prepared for crowds. It was a good call considering everything I heard about the popularity of this hike was true. We managed to get a parking space and make our up to the trail which is very well maintained all the way throughout. I recommend good, waterproof hiking boots due to streams and small waterfalls running over the trail, but none of them will submerge your feet. The lake is beautiful and there is a trail that continues around the entire lake providing up close views of the northern shoulder of Pilchuck. It was 85 degrees today but there is still some snow up there that is easily passable. Most of it is melted and will be gone within the oncoming weeks. My only real complaint is that there is not really any ideal places to post up to relax or grab a bite other than just sitting on the edge of the wooden walkway. Overall, I recommend the hike but unless it's the rainy or snowshoeing season, stick to the weekdays and no matter what, go early!!

Katherine Haveman

about 3 years ago

All Seasons

Have done this hike multiple times in the Winter as well as Summer, it looks great covered in snow. The mountain walls around the lake are stunning for not very much effort.