Lake Ann hike in Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
Lake Ann hike in Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest

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.

Lake Ann hike Map

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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About

When to do

August to October

Backcountry Campsites

Yes, at the lake

Toilets

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

Family friendly

No

Route Signage

Average

Crowd Levels

High

Route Type

Out and back


Lake Ann
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Route Description for Lake Ann

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.

Would you like to see more hikes in Mount Baker? Check out the Yellow Aster Butte, Chain Lakes Loop, Skyline Divide Trail or Heliotrope Ridge.

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.

Comments

maxjohanson 8 months ago

Lots of scenery to see for all ages and photo opportunities abound!

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Sally S. Norbert 8 months ago

A great trail to experience the true beauty of the Mt Baker and Mt Shuksan area. One of my favorite hike!

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Lambert O 9 months ago

Fantastic hike! Wildflowers are amazingly beautiful.

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Aleysha C. 9 months ago

The entire hike was gorgeous!! I thoroughly enjoyed waking up to open my tent to a view of the mountain and glacier in front of us.

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Abra Pepel 9 months ago

The glaciers look ethereal! It was an exciting hike with modest trails.

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Aska Tanaka 10 months ago

This was gorgeous! Well worth the stop, such a cool hike!

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T Rob 10 months ago

super gorgeous, great views of Mt Shuksan and did this as my first backpacking trip there last year

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Michael Suprano 2 years ago

It's a splendid hike! Great views, nice surroundings, there are flowers and beautiful slopes. Worth visiting.

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Felipe III 2 years ago

Very tricky and deceiving trails. It was really fun and exhausting to do. There are tons of great scenery to enjoy.

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karenwwlsih 2 years ago

Lovely hike and unbelievably crowded. Arrived at the parking around 10 am and there were only a few spots left.

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