Lake Twenty-Two Trail

Granite Falls, Washington 98252

Lake Twenty-Two Trail

Lake Twenty-Two Trail Professional Review and Guide

"The most popular trail in the Stillaguamish Valley climbs through ancient cedar trees, past picture-perfect waterfalls, and up an old rock slide overgrown with bright vine maple to a cliff-bordered subalpine lake. The lake’s elevation is low enough to take children there quite early in summer or late October.

The years have been hard on the trail. Between the effects of water erosion and thousands of boots, sections are nothing but roots or rough rocks that are very tough for children. The trail has some steep places but is generally gradual."

Lake Twenty-Two Trail Reviews

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Great trail for visitor (I'm from Louisiana). The trees, river, waterfalls, mountain lake, snow, etc all added to the hike. Great weather going up...while attempting to walk around lake through a few feet of snow thunderstorm (supposedly rare there) encouraged us to head back down. Just added to the adventure. Apparently a good bit of work has been done the last few years in improving the trail by adding "steps" and the boardwalk around the lake (where we could find it through the snow)...would consider it a light/moderate difficulty. Lots of cars in the parking lot but didn't seem overcrowded on the trail.
This was a great hike! I especially enjoyed the amount of variety the hike provided. There were switch backs, rock walls and snow coverage to keep me busy and not bored! It was a great change up if you're getting bored of trails with excessive switch backs. I wouldn't take a child up, the trail gets very rocky near the top, both me and my friend nearly took a spill.
Quite an impressive hike with a great amount of variety - both scenery, and hiking conditions. We encountered snow at the top, but snowshoes weren't necessary. There was a lot of water on the trail in the upper section, so I was glad to have waterproof boots. The trail is very well maintained but due to the variety of conditions, I would recommend sturdy footwear. Beautiful waterfalls throughout the hike. Well worth the drive and the effort.
Excellent trail that winds through old growth forest as you ascend into the lake area. The upper half of this trail traverses massive rock slides which means you're on some tricky, ankle breaking tread. I hiked on a rainy day and took a really nasty fall on one of these rock slides. I can be very dangerous, be careful and watch your kiddies. Can't wait to get back up here to hike it again!
In spring, the hiking traffic is pretty heavy but the trail offers spectacular views of numerous rushing waterfalls. The path is lined with massive trees(cedar?) and offers periodic views over the stillaguamish river. Great for pets, but you might want to take them later in the season when there is less traffic.
Good hike, not too strenous. Because of the snow, trekking poles strongly advised, makes it easier (i would recommend using trekking poles on any hikes since its really helpful for balance)
This is always a great hike. The day after Thanksgiving there was fresh snow on the ground. The parking lot was clear but there was maybe 30" of snow at the lake. It always amazes me to see people slogging through deep wet snow wearing running shoes, a cotton sweatshirt, and jeans soaked up to the knees, but they were having a great time so what can you say. There were a couple of trees down across the trail which required small detours. The snow on the trail near the top was mostly packed down but it was possible to break through and snow shoes would have been nice. Our out-of-town guests enjoyed hearing the crack of the small avalanches and rock falls from across the lake.

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Trail Information

Granite Falls
Nearby City
1,300 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Day hike
Mid-June through October
1,100 feet
Trailhead Elevation
2,400 feet
Top Elevation
Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Darrington Ranger District
Local Contacts
Green Trails No. 109 Granite Falls; USGS Verlot, Mallardy Ridge
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jul 2018