Oct 20, 2016Took our last nice day to hike the Lake Ann trail in the Mt.Baker area. This one has forest, meadows, small waterfalls, many streams, big boulder fields, gorgeous mountains, a glacier and lovely little lake. We went at the tail end of autumn colors, still very beautiful and some very sweet blueberries for the picking. Next year I'll plan for a bit earlier to get the full color effect, or perhaps even earlier, for the flowers.
Beginning of hike was downhill, switchbacking through forest,slippery in spots from overnight ice.Then onto a sunlit meadow with little pikas squeaking at the intruders. More ice on the trail. Then into forest and out onto boulders +++. Up and up through these, watching for the rock cairns to guide us. At last up and over the ridge to Lake Ann below. Continued on for full view of Mt Shuksan and its glacier,very nice. Many views of Mt Baker on the way as well. Happy to report the ice had melted by the time we went back, though leaving a muddy trail in places. Great hike,7 hours including breaks, drive time from Maple Ridge 2 hrs.
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