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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-28-2012, 03:11 AM Thread Starter
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Default Lake Ann - September 21

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?
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Beautiful shot of the lake and mountains, primo.

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Sweet...Another spot on my to-do list.
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Better late than never! I've been tempted to check this trail out but other hikes in the area have won out. I'm sure I'll get this one crossed off soon enough. btw, in answer to your question, pikka hiked Lake Ann about a month ago and wrote up a report. (solo hike). Thanks for posting.
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I did this trail years ago on my way out from a climb of the north face of Shuksan. I have trouble remembering what the trail was like, but I can remember my hallucinations at the time in vivid detail.
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Ohh yes, I recall reading it now. It probably influenced my desire to do the hike, without me knowing it...

Yeah, it's one of many very good ones in that area. I haven't had a day out in that area I haven't thoroughly enjoyed.

Dru - hallucinations?

Low blood sugar, exhaustion or wild mushrooms?
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Yep the first two. Low blood sugar and dehydration. I spent an hour hiking the wrong way because I was sure I'd seen cars and chalet roofs in a parking lot to the south.
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Hmm... I've never been out that way, but there actually is an "unmaintained" trail to the south from there that leads to a fairly developed looking area south of Baker...? Maybe the chalets weren't a product of your imagination after all! ( You probably would have had to walk more than an hour to get anywhere near the other side, though )
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