Hike to Lower Curtiss Glacier and Camp at Lake Ann

Washington Lake Ann Trailhead

  • Activities:

    Camping, Backpacking, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Intermediate

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    8.2 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    1900 Feet

Lake
Scenic

This beautiful hike takes you through a lush valley, across boulders, gives you stunning views of Mt. Baker & Mt. Shuksan and takes you up close and personal to Lower Curtiss Glacier. If it's the right season, you can even snag some wild blueberries!

The trail begins just below Artist Point and is well marked from a paved parking lot. Make sure to have a Northwest Forest Pass for your vehicle. Start your hike by descending on switchbacks through sub-alpine forest. It's a nice start, but remember, that means an uphill hike out.

After entering the wilderness, the trail briefly opens up to a picturesque alpine basin. As you descend, the trail levels out and you hike through boulder fields, dried-up creek beds, meadows, wildflowers, and clear running streams.

You will then enter a sub-alpine forest on an easy, level, and well maintained trail, catching peek-a-boo glimpses of Mt. Baker and Mt. Shuksan. But then you will start ascending, re-entering sub-alpine forest with great views of Mt Baker.

Lake Ann is nestled in a rocky basin in the midst of spectacular scenery. As you approach Lake Ann, the trail to the right will lead down to the lake, complete with camping spots and the trail to the left will take you to the foot of Lower Curtiss Glacier. Make sure to scurry up the hillsides to the West to watch the sunset over Mt. Baker.

**Curious about the red cape photo? Check out @littleredwanderings on Instagram.

Pack List

  • Northwest Forest Pass
  • Plenty of water or purification device
  • General backpacking gear (tent, sleeping bag, lamp, stove, etc)
  • Food and snacks
  • Always remember to Leave No Trace
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Lake Ann is one of my favorite hikes on Mt. Baker; I've done it in 3 seasons, and each time offers a completely different landscape. The view of Shuksan is stunning and an easy walk past the lake will get you very close to the glacier. During the summer there is usually a camper or two set up next to the lake, but you'll never feel crowded with such vast mountain views.

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

Great views everywhere!

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Tara Warolin

I am a Washington native. I have lived in Washington, California, Iowa, New York and New Zealand. As you can tell I love the outdoors, but I also love movie bloopers, minimalist living, any sort of crafting and cats. I'm an introvert to the core so I like to hike alone.

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