Hike to Annette Lake

Washington Annette Lake Trail

Added by Mikaela Tangeman

  • Distance: Intermediate about 7.5 miles round trip
  • Depending on the time of year, this place can change, but beautiful everytime
  • Duration: Day-hike

From Seattle drive east on I-90 to exit 47 (Asahel Curtis/Denny Creek). Turn right from the off-ramp and continue 0.25 mile, then turn left on Forest Road 5590. You'll find the parking area in 0.3 mile.

Between the thick second-growth forest stands and the high alpine lake, the trail rolls along Humpback Creek, offering great views of pretty waterfalls along the creek. The water was cold as ice, very few were brave enough to completely dunk! The alpine lake was crystal clear which made the lake enjoyable to sit and eat lunch at. Lots of fish jumping and blueberries and huckleberry bushes to munch on.

Northwest Forest Pass is required. Trail isn't hard, but bring lots of BUG SPRAY. THe bugs were in full force by the lake.

Pack List

  • Snacks
  • Bug Spray
  • Trekking Poles
  • Day pack
  • Lunch
  • Hiking Boots
  • First Aid Kit
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Year Round

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7.5 Miles



Easy Parking

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5 months ago

A beautiful leg burner

Hiked this in early June on a beautiful but rainy day. The elevation gain was significant but we cruised up and it the lake was so worth it! Bring a jacket and hint - the higher you sit up the hill when you are eating your lunch/taking pictures, the bluer the water is.

5 months ago

about 1 year ago

This hike will definitely give you your workout for the day, but as mentioned before the views are worth it. May want to bring some extra layers if planning on eating a snack or staying up at the lake. We did it in early September and it was very cold up by the water compared to the rest of the hike.

about 1 year ago

over 1 year ago

It's a physically demanding hike but keep at it; the views are worth it.

over 1 year ago

almost 2 years ago

Took a non-hiking friend here & it was just right for him. Buggy, but pleasant to sit by the lake and eat a snack while soaking in the sun in the summer.

almost 2 years ago

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