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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RT Distance 7.5 Miles
Activities Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Lake
Scenic

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Long time favorite

This is a great hike on the I-90 corridor, perfect for swimming. Lots of dogs and people. The lake is a beautiful color. Perfect for hikers of all skill levels.

Tough But Worth It

Did this as a first hike in some time and boy did I feel it the next day! Absolutely beautiful hike, though it was closer to 9 miles round trip according to my fitness tracker. There's some steep switch backs in the middle that get the blood flowing and then it's pretty flat for the last mile to the lake. The trail has some really rocky parts to be careful on.

Annette Lake

I hiked Annette Lake yesterday and I am sore today. The hike was beautiful but a bit more strenuous than expected for a novice yet active hiker. I did hike solo though so I was moving faster than if I were with others. The trail is well maintained but the last third of the hike poses some tripping hazards with loose rocks and tree roots but the lake makes it worthwhile. I would definitely do this hike again.


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