First, let me say that Lake 22 is not an easy hike. It is uphill much of the way and a good portion of the trail requires scrambling over boulders on a pretty steep edge. That’s why I was so impressed with my kids, 2 of their buddies and my good friend Martha who made it the whole way without ever hiking much before. Martha is an amazing person who lost more than 75 pounds through hard work and healthy eating this past year. I was so excited and humbled when she asked me to join her. The trail website said the hike was around 5-miles but we ended up going about 8.5 miles total over 5 hours. It was no joke but the views and an afternoon at the lake made it completely worth it. If you go, pack or wear a swimsuit and give yourself the day to make it to the lake and back.