Lake Twentytwo is an easy five and a half mile round trip hike. The trailhead is located near Granite Falls (WA). We hit this hike on the Saturday after Thanksgiving 2017 and found it to be an excellent fall hiking option. The trailhead is located right off of the Mountain Loop Highway. It’s a great option if you want to explore the Mt. Pluchuk area but for whatever reason a full tromp up to the lookout isn’t on the agenda.
This hike is considered a Seattle area classic and it was on my WA hike bucket list. Was happy to check it off! The views were beautiful and it is well worth the trip and crowds.
Lake Twentytwo Trail Conditions:
The trail starts in an old growth forest and meanders up a stream to an alpine lake surrounded by cliffs, rock pillars and evergreen trees. It is truly breathtaking. The approach trail to the lake has it’s share of switchbacks, but it is very well engineered and maintained.
While we were there the waterfalls were raging and everything was wet. This area sees a lot of water. Even with all of the runoff, the trail was stable and there weren’t any washout areas.
Below is a map of the hike from trailhead to top. Over the course of the hike you are going to gain about 1400 feet of elevation. With three kids and two dogs in tow, it took us less than 2 hours to get from trailhead to top (click the link below for elevation profile). By the way, this map was made using the Gaia GPS App. If you don’t know about Gaia be sure to check out my post on how to get a $500 GPSr for $30.
Resources and Notes:
- The Lake 22 Instagram stream of photos here.
- Hiking with dogs on the trail
- USFS Research Natural Area Report