Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Lake Twentytwo Again


On February 16 my wife was away visiting family and Edward had neither work nor school, so the two of decided to spend the day hiking.  The weather was good and we decided to hike the trail to Lake Twentytwo.  The lake is in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest and is on the shoulder of Mount Pilchuck.  It is in a 790 acre Research Natural Area (RNA) created in 1947 to protect a small area of old growth forest.  The trail is noted for its old growth Cedars and Hemlocks and for its many waterfalls.  We not only hiked to the lake but around the lake and had our lunch on a rock on the west side of the lake.  The trail including the walk around the lake is about six and a half miles round trip and there is an elevation gain of 1350 feet to the highest point on the trail which is only 2400 feet, making this a good hike for the off season.  The trail is popular and we forgot that it was a holiday.  We were there early, first up and first down, but on the hike down the trail was very busy.

The Trail and the Trees



 

The Views from the Trail




The Waterfalls







 Around the Lake

























Lichens
(I've not been able to identify these)


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