Hiking Lake Twenty Two

We are experiencing an unusually warm June here in Northwest Washington, so today Rick and I went on a beautiful hike to Lake Twenty Two.  Neither of us had ever been on this hike before, but our friends Don and Jim went on this hike last week and told us how much they enjoyed it.

The hike to Lake Twenty Two is a little over 6 miles round trip, which included walking the trail around the lake.   The lake is on the Mountain Loop Trail near Granite Falls, Washington, in the Cascade Mountains.

The information board below is interesting:

Information board

we walk and listen to the pika making its chirping sounds as it gathers a leafy dinner…western red cedar and western hemlock rule the forest here and at one point i stop to put my heart up against a gigantic old-growth tree…for a moment i feel i might cry because the tree is enormous and i feel like a child being embraced by pure gentleness…the tree seems to breathe against my body, it seems to have a wordless language i understand,  the tree is a generous mother…a bluejay dazzles my eyes with its sapphire wings, an orange butterfly teases me, never stopping long enough for me to take a photo,  the ferns are unfurled and the fresh green colors stand out sharply, rick spots a woodpecker and we watch its red head moving rapidly as it searches for insects…

wildflower: columbine

wildflower: columbine

Close up: lichen on granite

Close up: lichen on granite

lake

Lake Twenty Two in Granite Falls

the sun warms up the pine sap and the air is scented and intoxicating…we walk across scree and well maintained trails,  when we get to the lake, we see the receding snow, the placid lake with its reflections of trees, snow, and blue sky, perfectly imperfect crooked trails lead us to paradise!

the crazy perfect imperfect path that goes around the lake

the crazy perfect imperfect path that goes around the lake

wildflowers grow between rocks covered in lichen, if only i knew the names of all the wildflowers! 

wildflowers

wildflowers

more wildflowers

more wildflowers

orange lichen

orange lichen

lichen close up

lichen close up

Skunk Cabbage

Skunk Cabbage

looking at the water from the bridge...just before I took this shot, two trout darted under the logs

looking into the lake from the bridge…just before I took this shot, two trout darted under the logs

shadows over the snowy banks of the lake

shadows over the snowy banks of the lake

 

 

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