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Lake Ann and Lower Curtiss Glacier

Deming, Washington

5.0/5
based on 3 reviews

Details

Distance

11.67 miles

Elevation Gain

3241 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Description

Added by Tara Warolin

Lake Ann and Lower Curtiss Glacier is a beautiful hike that 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.

**Curious about the red cape photo? Check out @littleredwanderings on Instagram.

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Lake Ann and Lower Curtiss Glacier Reviews

This hike was alot harder than expected. We hiked on a very foggy day and could not see the glacier to help us navigate where we were going. We almost did not make it to the lake but if you keep moving up you will eventually come to the top and be able to look down at the lake and others tents set up. The views were amazing and the lake was crystal clear

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.

Great views everywhere!

Leave No Trace

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