just a quick trip report about our hike up to Lake Ann last weekend. i guess i'm a little late posting it now but here goes!
after a week of beautiful, sunny weather, we awoke on Friday morning to find a sort of haze/overcast conditions. naturally, on hiking day! off we headed to the trailhead, and the further we drove up the highway in elevation, the better the conditions became. by the time we reached the parking lot we were standing under a bright, blue sky - and looking down at the very thick low lying clouds.
got on the trail at around noonish, a very lazy start by my standards, but i was told it was best hiked in the afternoon anyway. views toward Baker started opening up from in the forest;
notice the low-lying clouds. we drove up in that!
pretty amazing when it's flipped and the poor weather's in the valley...
arrived at the highpoint before the lake and headed a short distance toward Mt. Shuksan and the glaciers. excellent view from this area.
and back down to the lake, which was almost completely thawed out but not quite enough for a swim. i guess Elfin Lakes last weekend may end up being my last alpine lake swim of 2012...
view back toward Shuksan on the way out.
overall, a great day to be out. kind of wish we'd overnighted there. oh well, maybe next time!
anybody else do this one this year?