Mileage: 5.4 miles RT
Elevation Gain/Highest: 1350/2400ft
Map: Green Trails Granite Falls No 109 and Silverton No 110
Favorite Eats After Hike: LJs Bistro & Bar
12/28/2014 This was the perfect day to get out and not have to drive up a forest road to get to somewhere beautiful. I made sure to get to the trailhead at first light and I was the first person to the lake. The trail was icy and slippery and my poles came in handy. The nice thing about this trail is that it is very popular and easy to follow, even in the snow. I could have used snowshoes on the trail around the lake but postholing was fun! The snow offered some stark contrast to the red berries on the brush and lake was in the process of freezing over making some gorgeous designs on the surface. The low clouds meant I couldn’t see the face of Mt. Pilchuck but it was easy to imagine it looking overhead.
Directions: Take Hwy 92 to Granite Falls and at the first of three roundabouts, follow the signs for Quarry Rd. Continue on Quarry until it comes to a T with N. Alder St. Turn left towards the Mountain Loop HWY. 13.1 miles ahead, turn right into the short entrance to the Lake Twenty Two TH (hard to miss). The parking area is located around a gravel loop and holds nearly 50 cars. This is a VERY popular hike, expect to see cars spilling out onto the highway if you have slept in. There is a privy available.