Lake 22 Hike Aug 2011


Lake 22 hike, Aug 16, 2011<br />Some well worn wooden walkways at the start of this hike.Lake 22 hike, Aug 16, 2011<br />A lot of old growth trees are a feature of this hike.Lake 22 hike, Aug 16, 2011<br />We cross the 22 Stream early in the hike. Lake 22 hike, Aug 16, 2011<br />Ron at the 22 Stream crossing.Lake 22 hike, Aug 16, 2011<br />There are many wooden steps on this trail.Lake 22 hike, Aug 16, 2011<br />Fran likes the trekking poles.Lake 22 hike, Aug 16, 2011<br />The early stretches of this trail are nicely shaded by large trees. Lake 22 hike, Aug 16, 2011<br />The groves of large trees are impressive.Lake 22 hike, Aug 16, 2011<br />Fran stands at a classic spot next to big trees.Lake 22 hike, Aug 16, 2011<br />Many inviting stretches wind along as we climb the trail.Lake 22 hike, Aug 16, 2011<br />This hike has some work involved in gaining the altitude. Lake 22 hike, Aug 16, 2011<br />We emerge into the warm sunshine as we leave the thick forest below.Lake 22 hike, Aug 16, 2011<br />The rocky trail is much improved compared to ten years ago.Lake 22 hike, Aug 16, 2011<br />This bent tree spot is a favorite for pictures.Lake 22 hike, Aug 16, 2011<br />Ron is in this spot too. Lake 22 hike, Aug 16, 2011<br />Fran gets help from the trekking poles for balance.Lake 22 hike, Aug 16, 2011<br />This is a windfall that was difficult to pass several years ago, but the trail is nicely improved since then.Lake 22 hike, Aug 16, 2011<br />Some pools in the 22 Stream show that we are near the lake.Lake 22 hike, Aug 16, 2011<br />This is the outflow stream from the lake. Lake 22 hike, Aug 16, 2011<br />The first view of the lake is a glorious sight. We will walk all around the lake before we start back down.Lake 22 hike, Aug 16, 2011<br />A lot of the trail here is a boardwalk, but we will rock climb parts on the opposite side to escape the snow barriers.Lake 22 hike, Aug 16, 2011<br />The spires on the west side are spectacular.Lake 22 hike, Aug 16, 2011<br />The boardwalk is not continuous.... Lake 22 hike, Aug 16, 2011<br />Corn lily, but we are too early for many of the wildflowers that come later.Lake 22 hike, Aug 16, 2011<br />The scenery is distracting to safe footsteps.Lake 22 hike, Aug 16, 2011<br />Every few steps brings new views.Lake 22 hike, Aug 16, 2011<br />Fran gets way ahead as I take pictures. Lake 22 hike, Aug 16, 2011<br />The high waterfalls are fun to see and to hear.Lake 22 hike, Aug 16, 2011<br />Wild country.....Lake 22 hike, Aug 16, 2011<br />Corn lily.Lake 22 hike, Aug 16, 2011<br />Fran pauses, as we start our detours arond the snow. Lake 22 hike, Aug 16, 2011<br />Snow caves are fun....Lake 22 hike, Aug 16, 2011<br />The walk is "bumpy" here.Lake 22 hike, Aug 16, 2011<br />Eroding snow fields.Lake 22 hike, Aug 16, 2011<br />The bridge we first walked is at the north end of Lake 22. Lake 22 hike, Aug 16, 2011<br />The trail first enters the lake at the north end.Lake 22 hike, Aug 16, 2011<br />Many waterfalls to see and hear.Lake 22 hike, Aug 16, 2011<br />Corn lily is abundant.Lake 22 hike, Aug 16, 2011<br />We climbed quite a few rocks to avoid steep snow to get here, but the rest of the way was a good trail. Lake 22 hike, Aug 16, 2011<br />Much of this trail around the lake was past very distracting scenery.Lake 22 hike, Aug 16, 2011<br />Pocohontis?Lake 22 hike, Aug 16, 2011<br />Looking back at the south end of the lake.Lake 22 hike, Aug 16, 2011<br />Progressing back to the start of our loop walk around the lake. Lake 22 hike, Aug 16, 2011<br />Heather in the rocks.Lake 22 hike, Aug 16, 2011<br />Heather in the rocksLake 22 hike, Aug 16, 2011<br />Fran skirts the snow at the edge of our trail.Lake 22 hike, Aug 16, 2011<br />A scenic view to the south. Lake 22 hike, Aug 16, 2011<br />Dead wood contrasts with all the geenery and water of the lake.Lake 22 hike, Aug 16, 2011<br />A parting view as we complet the western part of the loop.Lake 22 hike, Aug 16, 2011<br />Plants along the path.Lake 22 hike, Aug 16, 2011<br />Ron on the view point. Lake 22 hike, Aug 16, 2011<br />Fran not far from the bridge at the end of our loop walk.Lake 22 hike, Aug 16, 2011<br />Very few columbine in bloom here today.Lake 22 hike, Aug 16, 2011<br />Ground dogwood... pretty.Lake 22 hike, Aug 16, 2011<br />Fran's "I'm eating" look. Lake 22 hike, Aug 16, 2011<br />I have a lot of plant names to learn!Lake 22 hike, Aug 16, 2011<br />Delicate flowers in the wild....Lake 22 hike, Aug 16, 2011<br />On our way down the mountain, we come again to the avalanch zone where so many trees had fallen.Lake 22 hike, Aug 16, 2011<br />These bent trees gain. Lake 22 hike, Aug 16, 2011<br />You can tell that I like this scene.Lake 22 hike, Aug 16, 2011<br />The Three Fingers Mountain peaks are in view over the rifdge to the north, mostly obscured by clouds earlier today. That rightmost (south) peak has a shelter that people stay in overnight. They earn the privilege by climbing vertical ladders and crossing a glacier to get there!Lake 22 hike, Aug 16, 2011<br />This rocky section used to be really rough, and is almost smooth now.Lake 22 hike, Aug 16, 2011<br />A few good views before we get back into the woods again. Lake 22 hike, Aug 16, 2011<br />These giant trees are welcome sights.Lake 22 hike, Aug 16, 2011<br />A view of the 22 Stream means we are nearing the end of our hike.Lake 22 hike, Aug 16, 2011<br />A view of the bridge across the 22 Stream as we descend the trailLake 22 hike, Aug 16, 2011<br />Afternoon sunshine lights the way for Fran. Lake 22 hike, Aug 16, 2011<br />Cool water to cool Fran's face.Lake 22 hike, Aug 16, 2011<br />All better after water cooloff.Lake 22 hike, Aug 16, 2011<br />Info sign at trailhead.Lake 22 hike, Aug 16, 2011<br />Good stuff to know.... Lake 22 hike, Aug 16, 2011<br />Story about this hike. 5.4 miles RT plus 1.1 miles loop around the lake. 1500 ft gain but it seemed higher. My favorite day hike.

These are images by Ron Black using his HS10 Fuji "Bridge" camera.   This is a light easy to carry camera with a very wide range zoom lens, convenient to have along on a long hike.

These are images from August 2011 hikes, this one to Lake 22, off the Mountain Loop Highway out of Granite Falls, WA.

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