I figured I would post about this hike today, since it’s exactly one month after we hiked it! On Labor Day weekend, Marcus, Josh, Lana and I drove up Baker to hike to Lake Ann. This was the longest hike that I had been on all year, clocking in at around 8 miles. It was 4.5 miles to get to the lake and walk around it.
Starting off, we immediately started going downhill on a twisty trail. At the bottom, it levels out, and opens up into a valley. Walking through this valley was really cool; there was a creek running alongside you most of the time, with pools turning up here and there. There were also some pretty cool flowers around. A little while longer down the trail, we had to cross one of the creeks.
At this point, we got to start going back uphill again, gaining all the elevation we just lost, and then some. We went through forest, meadow, across a rocky slope, uphill some more, and then across snow. It’s quite the uphill hike, but the scenery is awesome. Once we got to the top of the snow bank, we could see our destination, Lake Ann.
As soon as we got there, it started to rain. We unpacked our lunch and ate, and by the time we were done with lunch, the rain had cleared, and we got to see Lake Ann in full view.
As we walked around the lake, we could see waterfalls on the other side of another valley, and a creek running through the meadow below. It was really cool. We didn’t get to see Mt. Shuksan because it was clouded in, but I hear it’s a staggering sight when it’s clear.
Once we got to the other side of the lake, we decided to scale a rock cliff.
By the time we reached the top and explored for a little bit, it was time to head back, but not without Josh trying his hand at some sledding using a big trash bag. Also, we made some friends on the way back:
All in all, it was a great hike. I’d highly recommend it if you have a whole day you want to spend on the trail, and you are up to the task of around 1800-1900 feet of total elevation gain. It was fun, and like I said before, the scenery was amazing.
Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie trail page: http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/mbs/recreation/activities/trails/mbrd_0600.htm
Google Maps My Tracks link: http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF&msa=0&msid=104267287821387947962.00048f8fc1d0fbf893ff3