Lake Twenty Two Trail 702

Follow Twenty-Two Creek the entire way, climbing continuously, but not steeply, through old-growth timber and a large talus slope. The trail is used year-round and is always very crowded on summer weekends. This is one of three Research Natural Areas on the district. It was set aside in 1947 to study the effects on water, wildlife and timber of an area left in its virgin state, as compared to similar areas under intensive management. A one-mile loop trail takes you around the lake. Please stay on the trail to protect rare plants and reduce erosion. The lake is in a glacier-carved basin on the north flank of Mt. Pilchuck. Fishing can sometimes be quite good as the lake is 53-feet deep.  

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At a Glance

Usage: Heavy
Best Season: Summer/Fall
Restrictions: Camping and campfires are not permitted in this Natural Research Area.
Closest Towns: Granite Falls, Washington
Passes: federal recreation pass required at Lake Twenty-Two Trailhead.
Information Center: Check current conditions or call Darrington Ranger District office at 360-436-1155 or Verlot Public Service Center at 360-691-7791.

General Information


From the Verlot Public Service Center (11 miles east of Granite Falls, WA), travel east on the Mt. Loop Highway 2.0 miles to the trailhead on the right.

General Notes:


  • Darrington Ranger District
  • Green Trails: Silverton 110

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  Area/Length : 
2.7 miles

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  Elevation : 
1,000 feet - 2,500 feet