Lake 22

Lake 22 has intrigued me for a while now, mostly because of its name. Why 22? And what happened to the other 21?


According to the WTA website the name originated back in the 19th century, when railroad maps numbered creeks in the area. One of the creeks (the one called 22) has this lake as its source and so the lake started to be called 22.

That story isn’t super exciting.

What is exciting is this sunny, beautiful weather we’ve been having! Is this really only the beginning of May? Celebrate global warming everyone! (and stop recycling for pete’s sake!)


Here’s Delilah, enjoying the trail. It was Lena, Delilah and me today and all of us thought this was a great day for an outing. A Tuesday (not very many cars in the parking lot when we started, although towards the end of our hike it started to get busy) and so much sunshine!


Ha! I knew it! I just zoomed in on the Strava map and this is the Twenty Two creek. Apparently a big deal for the people working on the railroad.

The creek is quite a sight. It has some impressive waterfalls and it dominates – sight and sound – the beginning of the hike.


I’m not sure why I had it in my head that this would be a difficult hike. Alltrails has it listed as Moderate. I’d say it’s Easy to Moderate, but there’s definitely some elevation gain.


When we got to the lake and sat down to enjoy some snacks, something very exciting indeed happened! An avalanche! I know, avalanches are dangerous forces of nature and nothing to get excited about, but seriously, how often do you witness one?

So we were just sitting there, eating trail mix and hard boiled eggs, when we heard this very loud crackling noise and then BOOM! We didn’t actually see it come down, because I’d bet that the avalanche itself came down on the other side of the mountain that’s in the picture above. We stared at the mountain, expecting it to start cracking on our side too and then it did! One of the snow fields on the side that we could see was beginning to crack. Which leads me to believe that the avalanche was caused by a small earthquake. Hey, this is the NW.


Later, after the danger of an avalanche had passed (or maybe not, but we didn’t know any better), we made it around the lake to the snow field. Delilah had so much fun!


Finding the Lake 22 hike couldn’t be easier. It’s a little over 2 miles past the Verlot ranger station on Mountain Loop Hwy, on the right hand side, when coming from Granite Falls. You can’t miss it. There is a huge parking lot. Northwest Forest Pass is required, so be sure to get one at the ranger station beforehand (can’t get one at the trailhead) or just get an annual pass and never worry about it again (until next year). $5 per day, $30 for the entire year.

6.2 miles. 1523 of elevation gain.

YTD Hiking Miles: 36.8






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