Pictures: Lake Ann Trail to Swift Creek

Mt. Shuksan from the Lake Ann Trail, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington

Mt. Shuksan from the Lake Ann Trail

We really didn’t need to hike another trail.  We’d already hike most of the best-of-the-best around the Mt. Baker Highway, including Ptarmigan Ridge, Heliotrope Divide, Artist Ridge, and Skyline Divide.  Still, it was supposed to be rainy in North Cascades National Park (which it was) so we needed a half a day of adventuring before heading south.  So, for lack of information about a better short trail to hike, we walked about 2.75 miles down the Lake Ann Trail, which brought us to Swift Creek.  I won’t call it the most scenic of the trails around Mt. Baker (hardly!), but it had enough interesting photo opportunities that I thought I’d share them with you all.  Enjoy!

 


 

The Canadian Cascades from near the trailhead of the Lake Ann Trail, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington

The Canadian Cascades from near the trailhead

 

Wildflowers along the Lake Ann Trail, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington

Wildflowers along the trail

 

Snow cave along the Lake Ann Trail, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington

Snow cave

 

Inside (or really, from just outside) the snow cave along the Lake Ann Trail, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington

Inside (or really, from just outside) the snow cave

 

Hole in the roof of the snow cave along the Lake Ann Trail, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington

Hole in the roof of the snow cave

 

Early morning on the trail to Lake Ann, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington

Early morning on the trail

 

Cliffs along the Lake Ann Trail, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington

Cliffs along the trail

 

Mt. Baker peeks through the trees along the Lake Ann Trail, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington

Mt. Baker peeks through the trees

Round Trip Trail Length: 5.5 miles (round trip to Lake Ann – which I hear has very good views of Mt. Shuksan – is 8.2 miles)

Highest Elevation (trailhead): 4,751 ft.

Lowest Elevation (Swift Creek Trail Junction): 3,922 ft.

Net Elevation Gain / Loss: 829 ft.

Facilities: None

Mt. Shuksan from the Lake Ann Trail, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington

Mt. Shuksan

Fees: $5/day (must purchase daily pass at the visitor center in Glacier – the machine is open 24 hours during the summer).  Alternatively, America the Beautiful (Interagency), Senior (Golden Age), Access (Golden Access), Volunteer, Military, and Northwest Forest Service Annual Passes can be displayed.  Per the park ranger, leaving your pass number in your windshield is not acceptable and the area is frequented by park rangers who ticket vehicles without passes in their windows (and I’d say frequented isn’t strong enough – there are park rangers poking their flashlights in our windshield even in the middle of the night!)  Apparently pass theft isn’t a problem here (we left ours in the window for about a week and never had an issue).  Discovery Passes not accepted!

 

Pretty bushes along the Lake Ann Trail, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington

Pretty bushes along the trail

Trail ★★★☆☆

Road ★★★★☆

Signs ★★★☆☆

Scenery ★★★☆☆

Would I go 100 miles out of my way for this? ★★☆☆☆

Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆

 

Cliffs through the trees, Lake Ann Trail, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington

Cliffs through the trees

Key GPS Coordiantes

Lake Ann Parking: 48.85003N / -121.68628W (48° 51′ 0.1074″ / -121° 41′ 10.6074″) (4,657ft.)

Trail beginning: 48.84996N / -121.68599W (48° 50′ 59.856″ / -121° 41′ 9.564″) (4,751ft.)

Enter Mount Baker Wilderness: 48.84728N / -121.68014W (48° 50′ 50.2074″ / -121° 40′ 48.5034″) (4,307ft.)

Swift Creek Trail Junction: 48.83366N / -121.65742W (48° 50′ 1.176″ / -121° 39′ 26.712″) (3,922ft.)

 

Swift Creek and cliffs along the Lake Ann Trail, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington

Swift Creek and cliffs

The gpx file for the Lake Ann Trail to Swift Creek can be downloaded – please note that this and the GPS Coordinates are for reference only and should not be used as a sole resource when hiking this trail.

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The cone of Mt. Baker over Swift Creek near the Lake Ann Trail, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington

The cone of Mt. Baker over Swift Creek

Getting to the Lake Ann Trailhead

From the ranger station in Glacier, WA, drive east on the Mt. Baker Highway (WA-542 E).  Take this paved, white-knuckle-inducing road 23 miles to the Lake Ann Trailhead, on left.  Artist Point is about a mile beyond the trailhead.

 

Visual map of the Lake Ann Trail as far as Swift Creek. From here, the trail slopes upward to Lake Ann. North is up. Mt. Baker-Snoqulamie National Forest, Washington

Visual map of the Lake Ann Trail as far as Swift Creek. From here, the trail slopes upward to Lake Ann. North is up.

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