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Lake 22

North Cascades

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Hiked Jun 7, 2014

Type of Hike

Day hike
It is with a heavy heart that I write this post. As we were hiking up to lake 22 we heard the sad news that a 15 year old boy died while trying to free climb some surrounding cliffs. We reached the group of teens at the top of the trail late that evening, they were all very devastated. My thoughts and prayers goes out to the brother, friends, and families of the boy. I’m so sorry for your loss. Its an important lesson for those of us that hike these common trails. You never know what situation you will run into, even on an easy day hike such as lake 22. I would encourage everyone to always carry medical supplies on whatever hike you partake on. I personally am thinking about getting a satellite phone or something to call for help quicker in situations like this. The local hikers, and response team did a great job. My prayers go out to them as well, it is a very difficult situation to find yourself in. I am very appreciative of their willingness to help in whatever way they could. If you are reading this please continue to pray for the family and friends of the boy, and encourage your friends to prepare for anything because you never know when you’ll be called upon to help.


what time?

I hiked this trail yesterday and was on the snowfield a bit. When and where on the trail did this happen?

Posted by:

jason on Jun 08, 2014 09:58 PM

7pm ish

This happened around 7pm. When you first see the lake it was to the right of it. It was pretty high up towards the steep cliffs. Komo News put some pictures of the area up.

Posted by:

"Herzog " on Jun 08, 2014 09:58 PM


my youngest brother (15) went to school with the boy that died.I myself (27) have hiked Lake 22 MANY times, (snowshoes in the dead of winter and day hikes in summer). It's definitely one of the more "accessible" hikes if you get my drift. Kind of freaks me out because I was going to take my girlfriend up there today because it's one of the easier ones around, and a group of us were supposed to strap in and go up to Pilchuck yesterday. Apparently he was climbing up the snow/talus fields at the base of the cliff on the south end of the lake. I've hiked this trail around 6 or 7 times now, and every time (aside from the snowshoes where we were the only people) I've seen the inexperienced hiker types, climbing up the talus fields, toward the cliff (some of them into ice shoots that have collapsed minutes after they climb out of them). It makes me cringe. I've witnessed full blown avalanches off of that cliff, not to mention how much scree/talus falls off that thing on a constant basis. It should be common sense how dangerous this sport can be, it's a shame that things like this happen. That cliff face is one of the more dangerous ones I've seen around, with how much stuff falls off of it though, even in the summer time you can hear rocks skipping down it. I wouldn't advise getting any closer than the huge boulders right off the trail.

Posted by:

"Caraveo206" on Jun 08, 2014 10:20 PM


My condolences to your brother.
Yeah, its crazy how cavalier people can be while hiking. I'm 26 now, but when I was a teenager I remember free climbing and doing all sorts of risky unwise things while hiking. Thankfully getting older tends to sober you up a bit.

Posted by:

"Herzog " on Jun 08, 2014 10:20 PM