Lake Twentytwo Trail

Snohomish County, Washington

Distance2.4mi
Elevation Gain1,869ft
Trailhead Elevation1,111ft
Top2,468ft
Elevation Min/Max1091/2468ft
Elevation Start/End1111/1111ft

Lake Twentytwo Trail

Lake Twentytwo Trail is a hiking trail in Snohomish County, Washington. It is 2.4 miles long and begins at 1,111 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,869 feet. The Lake TwentyTwo Trailhead parking is near the trailhead. There are also restrooms. Along the trail there is a meadow.

Lake Twentytwo Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"This showshoe hike is a workout, but the rewards are phenomenal. The trail follows a beautiful tumbling creek as it rushes down a narrow gorge. Along the way, the creek drops over no fewer than four pretty waterfalls, with each successive one sporting larger and more intricate ice mantles."

"Lake Twenty-two has a well-justified reputation for being the most popular trail in the Stillaguamish Valley. It’s loved by all kinds of hikers, from families with small children through mountaineers, because of its accessibility.

Because of this heavy use, the trail shows constant evidence of being upgraded with new switchbacks, water bars and boardwalks—especially around the lake perimeter. Clearly, what makes this hike exciting is the nice forest, high quality of boardwalks, and the ability to walk all the way around Lake Twenty-two and stare up the steep walls comprising the basin."

"Lake Twenty-two has a well-justified reputation for being the most popular trail in the Stillaguamish Valley. It’s loved by all kinds of hikers, from families with small children and dogs through mountaineers, because of its accessibility. Because of this heavy use, the trail shows constant evidence of being upgraded with new switchbacks, water bars, and boardwalks—especially around the lake perimeter.

Clearly, what makes this hike exciting is the nice forest, high quality of boardwalks, and the ability to walk all the way around Lake Twenty-two and stare up the steep walls composing the basin."

"Perched in a spectacular basin at the base of Mount Pilchuck’s sheer northern face, sparkling Lake Twenty-two is a stunning sight. But there’s more to this popular hike than the picturesque lake and its backdrop of waterfalls and avalanche chutes.

For much of the way the well-constructed trail follows cascading Twenty-two Creek through an exemplary ancient forest of gargantuan cedars. An excellent hike to acquaint children and neophytes with the natural world—just don’t expect to be alone on this favorite of many a Puget Sound hiker."

"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 Twentytwo Trail Reviews

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5/27/2018
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6/23/2012
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.
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7/6/2010
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4/20/2010
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.
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4/19/2010
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.
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9/20/2009
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!
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9/7/2009
Very rainy day but still spectacular. Impressed how well maintained the trail was. Even after days of rain it was in a good shape - though some of the granite sections were mini rivers. Beautiful forest all the way up. One of our group was back in the NW for a couple of days and desperate for big trees. This filled his need well. Lake was gorgeous and great pay off for the climb - though it was so cloudy we couldn't really see the mountains surrounding the lake.
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7/22/2009
Trail is complete all the way around the lake. Some snow still on north side (see pics), but trail is clear. Awesome hike.
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7/3/2009
I think the trailhead pretty much set the standard for the rest of the trail. The trail was very well maintained. There were quite a few neat little bridges and log walkways which are my favorite part of trails. The trail was not easy but not hard either, a good work out for those not in shape. The lake veiws at the end make your hard work worth it!! Its breathtaking!! I would highly recommend bug spray though.
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6/27/2009
Headed up trail with a group of scouts. It was a busy trail wide enough to allow people to pass. The views were breathtaking, water falls in full force as we followed the river. Snow present the last 1/2 mile to the lake. Lake still partically covered and bank along lake still covered with snow.
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Trail Information

Snohomish County
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
Moderate
Skill Level
Camping
Additional Use
Waterfalls
Features
USDA Forest Service Darrington Ranger District, 1405 Emens St., Darrington 98241; (360) 436-1155; www.fs.fed.us/r6/mbs/about/drd.shtml. USDA Forest Service Verlot Public Service Center, 33515 Mountain Loop Hwy., Granite Falls 98252; (360) 691-7791
Local Contacts
Green Trails No. 109: Granite Falls and No. 110: Silverton; USGS Verlot; USDAFS Mount Baker–Snoqualmie National Forest, Alpine Lakes Wilderness; DeLorme: Washington Atlas and Gazetteer: Page 96 D-2
Local Maps