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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Brandon Baker

over 3 years ago

Lake 22

Such a rad hike all year round! Always changing scenery based on the month you visit.

Nick A.

over 3 years ago

Pretty Alpine Lake

Hiked in February, we experienced a maintained trail that became very slick with lots of snow and ice about halfway up. On the way to the lake, the views sneak up behind you. Beautiful, sweeping panoramic of alpine peaks contrast artfully against the evergreens. The lake was frozen and mostly covered in snow in February. Will definitely return for a fresh experience this summer.