To get to Lake Twenty-Two Trail, travel east on the Mountain Loop Highway about 2 miles from the Verlot Public Service Center (11 mileas east of Granite Falls). The trailhead will be on the right.
It begins by following Twenty-Two Creek, and just stays with the creek the entire hike. This trail passes through old-growth forest and up a vast talus slope. There are three Research Natural Areas in this district, and the Lake Twenty-Two Trails is in one of them, set aside in 1947 to study various effects including water, wildlife and forest. This area is to be left in it's virgin state, while others are under more "intensive management".
Lake Twenty-Two awaits hikers at the end of the trail. It sits in a basin that was / is carved by glaciers on the north side of Mt. Pilchuck.
At a depth of 53 feet, the lake is reported to offer good fishing. The national forest websites warns hikers not to drink the water, as it may contain the parasite Giardia.