When you are in Seattle and the weather is great, its time to go hiking ! 😊
On Sunday, we went on a hike called the “Lake Twentytwo” in the Mountain Loop Highway area. It was a 5.4 mile hike (round trip) with an elevation gain of 1500 ft and was rated as easy-to-moderate. The hike to the lake let us explore beautiful mountain rainforests, alpine wetlands, old growth hemlocks and cedars along with stunning views of Mt Pilchuck.
It was a pleasant two hour drive from Bellevue to reach the trailhead. The drive was beautiful with alpine and cedar trees on both sides.
We wanted to make a quick stop to grab some food for the hike. We drove too far and couldn’t locate any food joints. We stopped at a local store on the highway and bought some snacks.
We reached the trailhead around 1 pm. The parking area was quite crowded. The weather was around 12 degrees centigrade.
At the trailhead, we learnt that Lake Twentytwo is regarded as a Research Natural Area which means that the natural ecosystems in the area are preserved to facilitate research.
We started our hike at around 1.30 pm.
The trail started out to be flat as you can see above. It then went on to become a mountain rainforest trail. There was dampness in the ground for most part of the trail.
In about a mile, there was a puncheon bridge to cross the waters. There were several tiny creeks and beautiful waterfalls along the way.
Water falls along the way
After 1.5 miles, the trail turned into a talus slope with stunning views of Whitehorse Mountain and Three Fingers. The ground was rocky and moist and was more challenging.
After 2.1 miles, we re entered the rainforest. There were wetlands and the ground got rocky. This was the final part of the hike.
When we reached Lake Twentytwo, we stood speechless before the magnificent panoramic view of the pristine lake with backdrop of the magnificent Mt. Pilchuck. We sat there absorbing the serenity and sheer beauty of nature.
The lake was so clear that it perfectly reflected the magnificence of the mountains.
Below is the panoramic video of the view.
The Lake Twentytwo hike was an amazing experience for us with its beautiful trail and spectacular views at the end. As rightly said, “In every walk with nature, one receives far more than what one seeks”.