149 – Lake Twenty-Two

I am not sure why, but the hike to Lake Twenty-Two had been on my list for quite some time. Maybe because a number seems like an odd name for lake to me. Why name a lake a number? Where is Lake Twenty-One, Lake Seven, etc., who names these lakes anyway? It certainly is a beautiful lake though, and the hike there is absolutely outstanding. Now we have “been there, done that,” and loved it!

Lake Twenty-Two Trailhead

Lake Twenty-Two Trailhead

The beauty of the lake seems to be the big draw, but don’t forget to take note of the impressive forest most of the hike climbs through. There are more than many respectfully large trees to appreciate of along the trail.

Through a forest of BIG trees . . .

Through a forest of BIG trees . . .

And the views from the trail, equally impressive!

View from the trail . . .

View from the trail . . .

With boardwalk and trail running around the lake, we could easily explore the entire area. Snow still lingered at the far end, but not so deep that we could not find the trail again.

Lake Twenty-Two . . .

Lake Twenty-Two . . .

Packing in fishing gear, Kent tried his luck.

Fishing at Lake Twenty Two

Fishing at Lake Twenty Two

On the hike out, we had a good reminder of the importance of always carrying the ten essentials when hiking. Having drained our hydration units during the hike up to the lake, we stopped at a stream to purify water for a refill. Kent climbed a few feet off the trail, slightly up the stream bank, and pulled the water purifier out of his pack. Still close enough to easily carry on a conversation as he filtered the water, he turned his head to look at me as he spoke, and tumbled bac -, heels over head. Landing head first on a rock in a pool of water along side the trail, no serious injury was sustained; but, good thing we carried a first aid kit in our packs!

The price of clean water . . . heels over head

The price of clean water . . . heels over head

There is easy access to the Lake Twenty-Two trailhead from the Mountain Loop Highway. For driving directions and more information on this hike, visit the Washington Trails Association website, here – WTA, Lake Twenty-Two.

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