Lake Ann Trailhead

Area Status: Temporarily Closed

Provides access to: Lake Ann Trail #600 which accesses Mt. Baker Wilderness. The trailhead is only accessible in a vehicle when the Mt. Baker Highway SR542 is open to Artist Point. When the highway is closed to Artist Point, the closest parking is at Bagley Lakes Trailhead. Winter access requires route finding and travel through avalanche terrain. Lake Ann Trail is part of the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail route.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Snow
Fees: Northwest Forest Pass or Interagency National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass required for all vehicles parked at trailhead.
Permit Info: Visitors staying overnight in North Cascades National Park need a free backcountry permit (available at the Glacier Public Service Center).
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: Late Summer/Fall
  • Hikers only on Lake Ann Trail.
  • 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: Recreation Passes may be used as a form of fee payment. 
Information Center: Check current conditions or call Mt. Baker Ranger District office or Glacier Public Service Center.  

General Information


From Glacier, travel east on 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.


Parking for 25 vehicles.

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