Hike to Lower Curtiss Glacier and Camp at Lake Ann

Lake Ann Trailhead

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.

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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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RT Distance 8.2 Miles
Elevation Gain 1900 Feet
Activities Camping, Backpacking, Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Lake
Scenic

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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.

Watch out for the glacier!

Great views everywhere!


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