Since moving to the PNW we have enjoyed driving out of the city at times to enjoy some new hiking trails and enjoy the scenery. One that Zach was really eager to try is Lake 22.
Location: North Cascades, Mountain Loop Highway, Washington
Length: 5.4 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain: 1350 ft.
Lake 22 is a trail located in a national forest and is frequented by many. This trail is labeled as intermediate, and not strenuous although there are some parts that have some loose rocks that may be considered daunting to some.
The trail starts off in lush greenery with small creeks that wash over the trail and large ferns. It reminded us a bit of Jurassic Park. 🙂 It was beautiful.
Something that made this trail more fun was the fact that there were so many little bridges. They made the trail seem even more whimsical.
The trail is 6.5 miles round trip and ends with a loop at an alpine lake, Lake 22.
This was such an incredible hike! We loved getting to see the snow at the top of the trail and would love to go back when it gets warmer.
We had a great time and would love to go back when we have more sunlight to enjoy all of the parts of the trail. We got a late start on our hike, so as we were hiking down the sun set and it got pretty dark. So just remember how early the sun sets, or bring a headlamp, and you’ll do better than we did.
Do you enjoy hiking to alpine lakes? Which trails do you recommend?