I took a day off from work to go on a hike with my friends Bill and Dave. We hiked a trail up to Lake Twenty Two. (I’m not sure why this lake has a number! Most other lakes in the Mt. Baker- Snoqualmie National Forest here in Washington State have names!).
The drive out there from the city is about two hours. The trail length is 5.4 mi (8.6 km) round-trip. Most of the hike is through forest, but some sections of the trail are out in the open. The lake is at the high point of the trail, with an elevation gain of 1,350 ft (411 m) to the lake’s surface. It’s a nice reward after some 90 minutes of trekking uphill !
Across from the lake is Mount Pilchuck’s sheer northern face. The peak is at 2,400 ft (731 m), so about 1,000 ft (320 m) above the lake surface. Even at this time of the year, thin white waterfalls cascade down on the rock face, and two melting snow packs are still visible on the slopes south of the lake.