Great hike today to Lake Ann and the climbers trail. We made it to the lake 1 hour 50 minutes from the trailhead. Tempratures were pleasant under subdued sun.... after a brief break below the ridge near Lake Ann, we headed up on the climbers trail to get to Lower Curtis Glacier. Higher up we initially missed a right forking trail which leads a little down and across to the Lower Curtis Glacier. We hiked right to the challenging scramble section where we saw some climbers descending, had a brief chat, and turned around as this part was not part of our plan.
On our way back I spotted the lower trail to the glacier, not initially obvious due to a disconnect between the trail we were on and the lower fork. A jumble of rock tends to disguise the fork, so one needs a sharp eye to look for it. Not long, we were scrambling over boulders then onto the glacier ice itself. Full of crevasses highly visible which we either walked around or crossed over via rocks and boulders which acted like a bridge. Curious to see a lot of rock boulders were piled up near and on top of the crevasses closer to edge of glacier ice sheet.
After a great long lunch we headed back, stopped by Lake Ann and continued homeward.
The map here shows the trail route all the way to Mt. Shuskhan's summit, of course we did not go there. a branch trail is marked about 3/4 to right showing where we ended up at the glacier.
This view from Artist Point Parking Lot shows Mt. Shukshan and the glaciers on it. Lower Curtis Glacier is the lowest one just right of center, shown directly above the trail post.
It took us less than 2 hours to reach Lake Ann from the parking lot, and also less than 2 hours to return. The trail from Lake Ann to the glacier took about 35 to 40 minutes including the diversion up to the scramble section.
Estimate elevation gain (guess estimate) 1000 meters over 16 to 17 km return.
This area warrants further visits in the future, such a beautiful area, and blueberries so thick and abundant throughout the trail system. Although I had been to Ann and Hann Peaks previously, they make great repeat hikes.
At the Trailhead, parking lot...
After descending , the open meadow area beckons
Trail passes through mainly the forest....
here meadow area, trail forks to right which gets you down to Baker Lakes (Swift Creek) Take the left trail
Section Ascends up to Lake Ann
LOWER CURTIS GLACIER...
DESCEND EAST, MEADOW AREA - OVERNIGHT TENTS..
TRAIL SWITCH BACKS UP SEVERAL TIMES, then ..
Scramble Section Area ahead.....turn around.
View back to Lake Ann and Mt. Baker
Baker Lakes to the south, and drainage to Baker Lakes
Lower Curtis Glacier view from lower trail fork.
APPROACH TO LOWER CURTIS GLACIER
..large boulders to bypass
checking a small crevasse
another crevasse cuts through like a zipper
Then a wider and deep one bridged in places by boulders
ON THE GLACIER, VIEWS ABOUT
HANN, ANN PEAKS, & MT. BAKER VIEW
ONE OF MANY WATERFALLS DESCENDING FROM UPPER CURTIS GLACIER
A large marmot sunning himself..
Our retreating view of Lower Curtis Glacier
heading back on this climbers trail.
Blueberries, so abundant everywhere
BACK UP THE MEADOWY VALLEY.....
finished return on switchbacks, 5 minutes away back to vehicle.