Humpback Falls is the first, as well as smallest, major waterfall seen along the Lake 22 trail. Twentytwo Creek skips over a ledge which appears to have a small pothole in it, creating a concave effect in the water, and as a result, the falls appear to have a "hump" in it. As I said before, this is the smallest of the waterfalls along Twentytwo Creek, the smallest of the four other major falls is almost three times as tall. What this fall lacks in stature, it makes up for in accessibility. This is a very easy waterfall to reach, seen under a mile from the trailhead, just off the trail. The falls aren't the most photogenic section of the creek, but given the proper conditions, this could be a rather pretty scene.
- Humpback Falls is the Proposed name of this waterfall.
- Known Alternate Names: Twentytwo Creek Falls
I've named this waterfall for its concave appearance resulting in a "hump" in the middle of the falls.
Starting in the town of Granite Falls, drive east along the Mountain Loop Highway for 13 1/2 miles, or 2 1/2 miles passed the Verlot Ranger Station, to the signed Lake 22 trailhead. Park and start hiking along the trail to Lake 22. The trail climbs easily for 1/2 mile to a bridge spanning Twentytwo Creek, then starts climbing more steeply. Humpback Falls is heard, then seen about 3/4 of a mile from the trailhead, or about 1/4 of a mile passed the footbridge over Twentytwo Creek. The falls are obstructed from the trail, but a well worn path heads shortly to clear views of the falls.