Lake Ann hike

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Lake Ann hike

Distance: 8.4mi
Elevation: 1,801ft
Time: 5-6h

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The hike to Lake Ann takes you through wildflower meadows and talus slopes to Lake Ann for close-up views of Mount Shuksan’s thunderous glaciers. This is a longer hike that always leaves us tired, but also relaxed. Thankfully, the elevation isn’t too brutal.

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Getting there

From Glacier, drive 23.0mi east on Mount Baker Highway. The Lake Ann trailhead parking lot is on the left side of the road. A Northwest Forest Pass is required.

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When to do

August to October

Backcountry Campsites

Yes, at the lake


Yes, privy at Swift Creek trail junction (2.5mi in)

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Route Type

Out and back

Lake Ann
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Route Description for Lake Ann hike

Lake Ann Trail begins with a drop, and ends with a climb. Start out by descending some 700ft into the valley alongside Swift Creek. The stream-strewn meadows here are immediately rewarding, resting in the shadow of Shuksan Arm.

The trail crosses Swift Creek a couple times – no more than a shallow rock-hopping affair – reaching its low point (3900ft) and a junction at 2.5mi. Continue straight (the left branch of the fork) for Lake Ann. Then, the climb begins.

Ascend steadily, gaining nearly 1000ft in the next 1.4mi. Prepare yourself for rocky terrain. The trail weaves through the woods before reaching exposed slopes for the rest of the trek. Views open up to Mount Baker and Table Mountain on a clear day, while marmots and pika pine delight hikers with their whistles and meeps.

Snow often lingers on the trail late into summer. Reach the saddle above Lake Ann at 4.0mi, then drop down into its basin below. The lake may be snow-covered or completely melted out, depending on the timing of your visit.

From the saddle, continue 0.2mi down to a nice vantage point between Lake Ann and Mount Shuksan. From here, Shuksan is near enough to make a racket: waterfalls flow down its face, and the occasional glacial groan is thunderous. Meander out to the end of the lake if you like, or simply sit and enjoy the sights and sounds. Return the way you came.

Insider Hints

  • Overcrowding and sanitation can be an issue for backpackers at Lake Ann. Always pack out everything you pack in.

  • Bring trekking poles and be prepared for all weather conditions.


Freddo 5 months ago

Some parts of Lake Ann hike were very steep but I loved to complete it.

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Otis 5 months ago

Nice alpine lake

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Gianna 5 months ago

This hike is one of the more popular ones in Mt Baker area as it's very well maintained and easy to do if you are at least averagely fit. We've finished it and we are happy that we did although I might find a few other hikes in the area that I might prefer a bit more

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