Annette Lake

North Bend, Washington 98045

Annette Lake

Annette Lake Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Dense forest drapes the lower trail, keeping hikers cool on the hottest August afternoons. At trail’s end, a deep lake waits to kill off the last of the summer heat—for those brave enough to dive into its icy waters.

Between the thick second-growth forest stands and the high alpine lake, the trail rolls along Humpback Creek, offering tantalizing views now and again of pretty waterfalls along the tumbling creek."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Best Hikes Near Seattle (Falcon Guides)
Peter Stekel
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"This popular and well-known trail has everything: a rushing and thundering creek, waterfalls, old-growth forest, wildflowers, views, camping, and a lake. Find the Annette Lake Trail at the southeast end of the parking lot between the Asahel Curtis Nature Trail and a gated, wide gravel road. Begin your 1,200-foot climb to Annette Lake by ascending to the sound of I-90 on a narrow, well-trod forest path. In a hundred feet is a self-serve trail register. Cross Humpback Creek on a stout new log bridge funded in part in 2003 by the Spring Trust for Trails." Read more
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Seattle - Including Bellevue, Everett, and Tacoma (Menasha Ridge Press)
Andrew Weber and Bryce Stevens
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"Annette, the only significant lake on the southern side of the Snoqualmie Valley, is an easier destination than many similar lakes in the well-known Alpine Lakes Wilderness to the north. Filling a subalpine bowl beneath several 5,000-foot peaks, Annette is accessed via a pleasant trail through some old-growth forest. The nearby Asahel Curtis Nature Trail and a wilderness scramble up Silver Peak expand the available hiking options." Read more
Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades (The Mountaineers Books)
Joan Burton
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"A long, steep woodland trail ascends the valley beneath Silver Peak to a cirque lake fed by waterfalls. Kids enjoy splashing around in the many creeks crossed on the way and playing in the lake-outlet stream." Read more

Annette Lake Reviews

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This is a really nice hike to a beautiful lake. It is moderate to difficult in certain parts. To completely enjoy the views try to get there early to beat the traffic. Lots of people love coming here, with good reason. Bring bug spray, too!
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Saturday morning we woke and headed out to wobble up this trail. It started off as a pretty moderate hike, not to difficult. about a hr into the hike it became a little more difficult. Overall was a nice hike and not to bad. The trail was nice and open, well maintained. We started hiking at 9:30am and got to the top at 11:07am. The lake was beautiful and clear, my buddy LaLo took a dip in it and swam out to a stump. You can also hike up and camp. The camp spots are first come, but many to choose from and great spots to set a tent up at. I would definitely recommend this hike.
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I took my 10-year old daughter on this hike (and a baby on my back). The trail was great-lots of little waterfalls along the trail; huckleberries and thimbleberries scattered about; and peekaboo views of some hills across the valley. At trail's end, your treated to the gorgeous Annette Lake-surrounded by craggy peaks. The downside of this hike: absolutely HORRENDOUS biting flies at the lake. We only stayed about 40 minutes, and couldn't stand a second more. Perhaps late September might be better??
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Dog Friendly Trail! This trail has a beautiful beginning with nice views and waterfalls but as you get deep into its forest and lengthy switchbacks the views are all hidden until you get to the top! The trail for the last quarter was snowed in and the lake was also snowed in, so unfortunatly we did not get to see the nice views. I imagine that this trail would be best to visit sometime in July-August.

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Trail Information

North Bend
Nearby City
1,700 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Season & Limits
Mount Baker–Snoqualmie National Forest, Snoqualmie Ranger District, North Bend office
Local Contacts
Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass Gateway No. 207S
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018