Annette Lake


Day Hike - Annette Lake

Discover a pristine alpine lake nestled at the base of two Cascade mountains at the end of a gentle, well-maintained trail through an old growth forest within easy driving distance from both Seattle and Tacoma.

  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 7.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,400 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 3,600 ft
  • Pace: 2.5

Meet at 9:30 AM at the trailhead parking lot, reached from I-90 Exit 47.  Turn right at the end of the exit and then left at the  T junction.  The parking lot is reached in a short distance, at the end of the road on the right side.

Annette Lake is a precious gem within an hour's drive of both Seattle and Tacoma, and this is the best time of year to hike there.  If the weather cooperates, we will take time for a swim during our lunch break.  There is a restroom in the trailhead parking lot and an outhouse near the lake.  A Northwest Forest Pass or the equivalent must be displayed by each car in the trailhead parking lot.  After the hike there will be an optional refreshment stop at iconic Twede's restaurant in North Bend.   


Annette Lake

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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