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Annette Lake

This is a hike with beautiful scenery.

  • Sat, Jul 1, 2017
  • Annette Lake
  • Day Hiking
  • Successful
  • Road suitable for all vehicles
  • We visited Lake Annette on 1 July 2017.  

    We saw plenty of spring/summer wildflowers blooming.  Hikers will also see waterfalls (Humpback Creek & running from Silver peak into Annette Lake), mountain views (Humpback Mountain & Silver Peak), and the lake itself.  We saw hikers on floats enjoying the Lake.  There were people fishing.  We did some wading.  

    The parking lot fills quickly.  This is a busy area.  The lot is paved and there is a bathroom at the trailhead. 

    The trail itself was in good shape.  We had an early morning hike so it wasn't too crowded yet.  Dogs were leashed.  There were few bugs.  We  did encounter a few fall downs (3).  Most had to be crawled under. One had to be climbed over.  Due to it's location, it could make some  hikers nervous.  The only snow we saw was high in the mountains.  There were a few muddy areas on the trail.  

    The privy at the Lake is very exposed.  By the time we arrived, it was already in pretty bad shape.  There is no toilet paper.    

    We decided to have lunch at the Lake.   We did not encounter any animals (except one frog), but previous experience has taught me that the chipmunks and birds tend to be very food aggressive.  The closest areas to stop were fairly busy.  The area we choose to stop at required a brief walk over some floating logs.  Again, this may make some hikers nervous.  There wasn't much shade near the lake so make sure to bring sunscreen.  

    There is camping allowed at the lake.  We encountered many backpacking groups.  

    There is a .5 mile nature trail at the trailhead.  It would be perfect for younger children.  

    All in all, this is a really nice with many opportunities to practice LNT Principles. 

     

     

There is construction (lane closures) along I90.  Make sure to check WSDOT website for up to date information.  

A Interagency Pass or Northwest Forest Pass is required for parking.  

The hike is approximately 7.5 miles roundtrip with an elevation gain of 1,800ft.  Most of the elevation occurs in the first 2.5 miles.  The trail then levels out a bit before gradually descending into the Lake.  Hiking poles might be helpful for some.  We completed this hike in 5 hours (including rests and a lunch break).  

 

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