You know those hikes in the Pacific Northwest that make you feel like you are in some sort of theme park that perfected the experience? Lake Twentytwo is one of those hikes. It is incredible.
This time of year is a really nice time to head over. The trail starts near Granite Falls, WA, in the North Cascades and is classified as "moderate" for hikers, which we would agree with primarily because it is a bit longer, but it isn't actually very steep or strenuous. You can take it at your own pace, but if you are like us you will want to make sure you don't forget snacks (snacks should just be a constant every day in life). The trail to the top has waterfalls, it has dense moss and greenery, it has rock fields (is there a technical term for this? probably), and ample plants to identify for all you botanists out there. Once you arrive at the top you have a stunning view of Lake Twentytwo and Mount Pilchuk. We recommend giving yourself a pat on the back when you arrive with some Bandit boxed wine (yup, classy ladies writing this blog).
Don't forget: Northwest Forest Pass required. If you don't have one and you are planning to hike a lot, definitely invest in one. You can find more info here.
Last tip, we LOVE Washington Trail Association's hike summaries. We usually just skip to the bottom and read the trip summaries by hikers who have been out in the last week or two. That will give you the most up to date, accurate information about trail conditions, etc.