The origin of Lake Twentytwo's name is uncertain, but a theory suggests that nineteenth-century railroad maps listed local creeks numerically; one particular creek and its source lake were assigned 22 and this name just stuck!
Just at the trailhead itself you're greeted with the cedar GIANTS!
Okay, let's start the trail, shall we?
There is always "water on trail" here, but the dampness allows ferns and moss to flourish in the Mountain Loop rainforest!
The trail takes you through different sceneries, from rush green rainforests ...
... to over the creek and it's waterfall!
Substantial effort has gone into building a trail that can withstand the perpetual beating from the arch-enemy of all trails - water. TBH this has been the most well kept trail I've been on which is astonishing!
The middle part becomes rocky - super painful but
... offers great views of Whitehorse Mountain and Three Fingers!
And before long we were back on water again and were able to see the first snow.
But soon enough, it turned into a winter wonderland. And god I actually ate a lot of snow/ice which was so FRESH!
And then FINALLY, we were welcomed by the Lake 22 and we marvelled at the sheer northern face of Mount Pilchuck!
And believe it or not, we also witnessed a loud booking avalanche on the mountain. Apparently, it does happens (non-so-frequently) in winter and spring! How lucky to see it (and survive?)
How serene can a frozen lake be?
Did my fair share of adventure by "walking" on a lake!
Absorb it ALL in!