Lake Twentytwo is an easy five and a half mile round trip hike. The trailhead is located near Granite Falls (WA) off of the Mountain Loop Highway.
Peakbagging, Hiking & Climbing
Getting to the Winchester Mountain Lookout in the North Cascades, Mt. Baker area is harder on your car than it is on your legs. The drive to the top involves a seven mile, single lane dirt road with some big potholes and more than a few washout areas. That said, once you arrive at the trail head the rest of the trip is a snap.
From Mt. Pilchuck Lookout you can see Mt. Rainier, Seattle, Everett, the Olympic Range, the San Juan Islands, Mt. Baker and the North Cascades. Mix in a deep orange sunset and some strawberry cotton candy clouds and you have a landscape photographers dream.
Between 1999 and 2009 our family spent a fair amount of time at Granite Arch Climbing Center in Sacramento, CA. We went there to learn, to practice, to improve our climbing skills and to hang out with friends.
Granite Arch was a fun place and we logged a lot of hours dangling from ropes above shredded tires. We had no idea at the time, but also baked into that arrangement was something truly remarkable.
Mount Defiance is the second peak we have bagged in the home court 100 series. This trail is well engineered and distributes the 4000 ish feet of elevation gain over 5 to six miles. Trekking poles are handy near the top and can be helpful with the decent but no technical climbing was required.