On July 4th Barb and I hiked to Lake Twenty Two in the North Cascades.
We arrived at the trailhead by 8:20 and found the parking lot full. A couple hundreds yards down the road the day use picnic area had one spot we could squeeze the car into.
The trail is claimed to be 5.4 miles roundtrip and has a difficulty of “moderate”. They lie.
My GPS tracking app says it is 3.3 miles one way. Had the trail been on even ground instead of random sized, irregular shaped, rocks half of the distance we would have granted it a moderate classification. The constant attention required to our footing and the work to keep our balance make it above what we considered “moderate” difficulty.
That said, it was a very nice mountain lake with waterfalls and snow:
We had a cute rodent visit while we were eating lunch. We guarded our food carefully while they were around.
There were some large trees along the trail:
Here is a sample of the trail rocks:
We probably would not do that hike again unless someone else specifically wanted to go there. There are other, easier, trails with even better views.