Friday, November 22, 2013

Lake 22 Trail

Rubus parviflorus (Thimbleberry) Lake 22 Trail June 2012

Aruncus dioicus (Goat's Beard) Lake 22 Trail June 2012

Lake 22 June 2012

Veratrum viride (Corn Lily) Lake 22 Trail June 2012

 Lake 22 June 2012

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The Lake 22 Trail is a fairly easy & spectacular hike in the Cascade Mountains in the Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in Snohomish County, Washington.  It is also a popular hike, with many people on the trail on summer weekends.  The trail head is on the Mountain Loop Highway, 13 miles east of Granite Falls.  The hike is mostly through lush, old growth forest, although some time is spent crossing a large, open talus slope with lovely views of nearby mountains.  The volume & diversity of the flora is truly amazing.  The trail starts at elevation 1,050 feet & ends at elevation 2,400 feet (731 meters) in the beautiful basin that contains Lake 22.  If you have any breath left at the top of the trail, your 1st view of the lake will take it away.  The hike is 5.4 miles round trip.

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