Lake 22 (Twenty-two) Trail

#1 of 9 trails in Mount Pilchuck State Park

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Lake 22 (Twenty-two) Trail is a 5.5 mile out and back trail located near Granite Falls, Washington that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking & walking and is accessible from June until October.

From Granite Falls, E (left) for 13 miles on Mountain Loop Highway to trailhead on right, two miles past the Verlot Public Service Center.

Federal Northwest Forest Pass

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
Darrington District (Verlot)
33515 Mountain Loop Highway
Granite Falls, WA 98252
Tel:360.691.7791

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1 Completed 2 Reviews

extremely fun hike, and not too hard! the lake on top is so beautiful and quiet. there was still some snow on the far side so we hiked up, and stood right next to a huge melting glacier part!

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1 Completed 2 Reviews

extremely fun hike, and not too hard! the lake on top is so beautiful and quiet. there was still some snow on the far side so we hiked up, and stood right next to a huge melting glacier part!

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5 Completed 1 Reviews

Great hike with a very beautiful end point can't wait to do it again

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17 Completed 5 Reviews

Great hike...doggy loved the snow at the back of the lake. :)

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Dean Heino

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20 Completed 4 Reviews

Great hike -- especially if you explore several waterfalls that are just off the trail along the way. You can catch glimpses of the falls as you are hiking up, but with a little bit of scrambling off the trail you can get to good vantage points to enjoy them much better. For much of the hike you are passing through old forest with really big cedar trees - very impressive. Much other flora along the way. The lake is beautiful - we walked all the way around it. The lake is situated in a bowl with a surrounding mountain ridge that is almost cathedral in some sections. Northwest Forest Pass required for trailhead parking.

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9 Completed 8 Reviews

My best advice would be to do this hike on a weekday due to the popularity of this area/trail. I hiked this on a Thursday and it was virtually empty the whole trip.

Plan some extra time if you enjoy waterfalls since there are 5 distinct waterfalls that you can visit by trekking off-trail. Just Google "waterfalls along Lake 22 trail" for additional info.

Earlier in the summer there will still be snow/ice near the top of the trail before you get to the lake but it was completely clear in late July.

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7 Completed 7 Reviews

Good beginner hike. Solid distance with a generally steady incline. The first bit runs along a freeway and it's generally busy, but the views along the way are fantastic as is the lake against the mountain wall at the top.

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24 Completed 12 Reviews

This is a really awesome hike. It has good views all the way up, and of course the serene lake at the top with cool snow caves on the opposite side you've entered. You can trek all the way around the lake and even climb the rocks up to the snow itself. This trail is "easy" if you're in shape and enjoy climbing over tree roots, rocks and enjoy a small incline (which I do). This is a good trail to get into hiking shape. I went with a few kids and they did it with no problem. Wide trails, plenty of stops to take breaks if needed. Also, good amount of parking and since it's on the mountain loop you need the North West Forest pass to park.
I also like the sign in/out sheet they have at the trail head. Dog friendly.

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15 Completed 10 Reviews

Very busy trail!! Definitely recommend starting early and going during the week on a nicer day. Unfortunately it was rainy and overcast when we were there, and fog had pretty much settled over the lake so it was hard to see much at all. I am sure it would have been quite spectacular otherwise. I hope to go back on a nicer day and take the walk around the lake; we were just too wet and it was getting really crowded. There are a few stretches of rocky areas to watch for, especially headed back in the wet; we had 3 of our group slip and fall on the way down. By the time we got back down cars were parked all the way down the road. A police car was patrolling the area as well.

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4 Completed 2 Reviews

Nice and easy hike with a lot of great scenery. This is a really well maintained trail also with just a few rocky patches to look out for. It is a pretty busy trail as others have mentioned, but if you go during the week it's not too bad.

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