The curiously-named Lake 22 is the center of an oasis of alpine wetland nestled on the northern shoulder of Mount Pilchuck. The hike to the lake combines the best of mountain rainforests, old-growth, wetlands, and mountain views, yet it is readily accessible. In winter, the route to Lake 22 can be avalanche prone in winter. It’s best to wait until the snow is melted on this popular Mountain Loop Highway trail.
My bracket may be busted, but I ended March on a high note. Was able to go on three hikes in my first full month in the PNW - Franklin Falls, Rattlesnake Ridge, and Lake 22. Super thankful for the new friends I’ve made who accompanied me on these hikes. Excited for the warmer hikes to come.