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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-14-2019, 04:00 PM Thread Starter
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Default Lake Ann & Lower Curtis Glacier, Ice walk Sept.07/19

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.
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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.

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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...
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After descending , the open meadow area beckons
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Trail passes through mainly the forest....
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here meadow area, trail forks to right which gets you down to Baker Lakes (Swift Creek) Take the left trail
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Section Ascends up to Lake Ann

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LAKE ANN....
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LOWER CURTIS GLACIER...
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DESCEND EAST, MEADOW AREA - OVERNIGHT TENTS..
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TRAIL SWITCH BACKS UP SEVERAL TIMES, then ..
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Scramble Section Area ahead.....turn around.
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View back to Lake Ann and Mt. Baker
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Baker Lakes to the south, and drainage to Baker Lakes
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Lower Curtis Glacier view from lower trail fork.
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APPROACH TO LOWER CURTIS GLACIER

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..large boulders to bypass
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checking a small crevasse
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another crevasse cuts through like a zipper
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Then a wider and deep one bridged in places by boulders
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ON THE GLACIER, VIEWS ABOUT
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HANN, ANN PEAKS, & MT. BAKER VIEW
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ONE OF MANY WATERFALLS DESCENDING FROM UPPER CURTIS GLACIER
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HEADING BACK:
A large marmot sunning himself..
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Our retreating view of Lower Curtis Glacier
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heading back on this climbers trail.
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Blueberries, so abundant everywhere
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BACK UP THE MEADOWY VALLEY.....
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finished return on switchbacks, 5 minutes away back to vehicle.
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Wow, that's a great shot of Mt Baker with eerie cloud cover. In the past 40 yrs I have only ever hiked in that area once, a few years back. I have vowed to return and when i do i will follow this trip U took. The fiddling around on the ice looks like a real treat! Thanks for the inspiration.
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Yummy blueberries.... Looks like a rewarding day.
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Hey, I thought that was you on the trail I was heading down after shooting the sunrise at Lake Ann and past you heading up there. Nice post and very cool to see the glacier up close!
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Hey, I thought that was you on the trail I was heading down after shooting the sunrise at Lake Ann and past you heading up there. Nice post and very cool to see the glacier up close!
Hi dcc_028, nice to see you. The area is sure a beautiful place to get beautiful pictures. Did you get a great sunrise shot ?

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Wow, that's a great shot of Mt Baker with eerie cloud cover. In the past 40 yrs I have only ever hiked in that area once, a few years back. I have vowed to return and when i do i will follow this trip U took. The fiddling around on the ice looks like a real treat! Thanks for the inspiration.
Yes, well worth a revisit to the area, and so many beautiful places to hike, and maintained trails have an excellent grade.


Hi Clayton. Blueberries are so prolific, and several people picking the berries and getting buckets full. awesome.

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I ride up to Artists point on my motorcycle from time to time. Amazing area and views of big mountains and higher alpine. So close to Vancouver and you can drive up to the top of the treeline. Nice post,gonna take my hiking gear up next time!
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Hi dcc_028, nice to see you. The area is sure a beautiful place to get beautiful pictures. Did you get a great sunrise shot ?

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Got a great sunrise shot at Huntoon Point then "quickly" went to Lake Ann shortly after the sunrise
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Beautiful sunrise photos, thank you for posting those gems. dcc_028

Jacklucas........great place to start, at Artist Point. well worth while t hike ...

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