Lake Ann Trail #600

Area Status: Open
Mt. Baker

Beginning at Austin Pass, the Lake Ann Trail enters the Mount Baker Wilderness as it switchbacks down into the headwaters of the Swift Creek Drainage. Bordered by Shuksan Arm to the north and Artist Ridge to the south, you will travel through meadows and wooded areas. Approximately 2.5 miles from the trailhead is a signed junction with  Swift Creek Trail #607.

As you begin to climb out of the Swift Creek drainage through heather, talus slopes and subalpine forest, Mt. Baker comes into view. You will reach a saddle above Lake Ann. Dropping down toward the lake, you will encounter an unsigned junction. The left fork leads to the popular Fisher Chimneys route for climbers attempting to summit Mt. Shuksan. The right fork leads to lakeside campsites.

Lake Ann hikers are rewarded with up-close views of Mt. Shuksan and its Lower and Upper Curtis Glaciers. Listen for the thunderous roar that means a chunk of ice has broken off one of the glaciers and is tumbling down the rock face.

At a Glance

Permit Info: Visitors staying overnight in North Cascades National Park need a free backcountry permit available at the Glacier Public Service Center June-September. All other months contact the National Park directly at 360-854-7245, or email  
Open Season: Late Summer - Fall
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: Late Summer - Fall
  • Hikers only.
  • No fires, except self-contained, carry-in stoves.
  • No snowmobiles.
  • Dogs must be leashed within the developed recreation area of Heather Meadows.
  • The Lake Ann Trail enters the Mt. Baker Wilderness. Wilderness regulations apply, including a maximum party size of 12.
  • Fishing requires a Washington State Fishing License.
  • Once trail enters North Cascades National Park national park regulations apply: overnight use requires a backcountry permit, hunting and pets are prohibited.
Closest Towns: Glacier, Washington.
Water: No potable water.
Restroom: Vault toilet at Heather Meadows Visitor Center parking lot.
Passes: A valid Recreation Pass required at Lake Ann Trailhead.
Operated By: US Forest Service
Information Center: Check current conditions or call Mt. Baker Ranger District office or Glacier Public Service Center

General Information


Travel east to the end of Mt. Baker Highway SR 542. It is approximately 23 miles from the Glacier Public Service Center to the Lake Ann trailhead and parking lot. The parking lot is located on the left (east) side of SR 542 one mile before Artist Point.

General Notes:

Black bears frequent the area. Food and scented items need to be stored in a secure manner.

• Green Trails: Mt. Shusksan #14
• USGS: Shuksan Arm
• USFS: Mt. Baker Ranger District and Mt. Baker Wilderness


Parking for 25 vehicles.

Recreation Map

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Mountain Climbing

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Lake and Pond Fishing

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Day Hiking

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Elevation desc Elevation Gain/Loss: -800 feet to beyond Swift Creek, +900 feet to saddle, -200 feet to Lake Ann
Difficulty Level: More Difficult


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Viewing Wildlife

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Viewing Plants

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Viewing Scenery

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  Area/Length : 
4.1 miles one-way.

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  Elevation : 
4000 feet in Swift Creek valley. - 4,700 feet at trailhead and Lake Ann.