Annette Lake Trail is a 6.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near North Bend, WA that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
From Seattle, E on I-90 to exit 47. Right off the freeway toward Tinkham Rd. Left on FSR 55 for 0.4 miles to trailhead at end of road
This was a peaceful, non-crowded and moderate
hike on an early Sunday morning. Beautiful lake at the top!
Moderate hike with steady incline to the lake, which offers a picturesque setting for a lunch break. The trail is well maintained, but there are a few stretches in the last quarter or so that yield uneven footing and tripping hazards with rocks and tree roots, so wear good sturdy treads.
nice hike with Lake at the end of the trail.
Beautiful scenery!!!! But the flies are out of control and they bite!! It was a lot longer than any of the sites say, took us about 2hrs up and 2 back down but aside from the bugs it was amazing!
Hike is moderate and gradual uphill most of the way. Did the hike at noon in mid-August...it's almost all shaded, so it was plenty cool enough, the lake water was brisk but felt great!! Will definitely go back.
This was a lovely moderate trail. I loved the views half the way up after the woods! We went in early fall and everything was beautiful, all the foliage was just starting to turn. Once you get to the lake it's SO quiet and pristine! There is some boardwalk and it's a perfect place to do some yoga and just chill. :)
8/12/2016 (Friday) - Most recordings (including mine) show the out-and-back length is 7.5 rather than 6.5 miles. Trail is in perfect condition in this season, no mud, no obstacle (blowndowns are all cleared), no overgrowths, broad enough, well maintained. The incline is moderate, with most elevation gain taking effect in the first two thirds. The last mile almost does not add elevation gain, but lots of rocks and roots that add the degree of effort. Buds are relatively fewer than expected, not much annoyance. The lake (especially its color) and the mountain backdrops provide an attractive view. Berries are ripe. Cool in the shade on a hot summer day of 90+F in Seattle, especially in the morning. Big parking lot. Moderate traffic on a sunny weekday. Most came after 10 am.
Easy trail with a ok reward in the end. The trail itself doesn't offer much scenery except the lake. Good trail for running though :) bring bug spray
Completed this hike yesterday. The views were great. One thing that annoyed us, were all the flies! So many damn flies! I've never went on a hike before with so many flies. It was crazy. Other than that we had a great time.
Well maintained trails, neat variations in terrain, use of natural objects as bridges, incredible views...10/10 would hike this trail again. I am a novice hiker, but overall very active, and the trail was challenging.
Driving directions spot on. Paved road ends at turn to forest road and is gravel. Some potholes to avoid, but nothing unpassable. Arrived today around 10:30, parking lot was full, parked a little ways away. NW Forest Pass needed or interagency (America the Beautiful). Hiked with a group of 7 today, I was the pokey one. Last one up, last one down. Trail is mostly uphill with most of the elevation gain in the middle. Numerous opportunities to stop for the view and/or water features and bridges. Some wet areas, some mushy, one area just plain old wet. Bugs were at a minimum. Light rain after we arrived at the lake and some thunder. I've read two different trail reports about the length of this hike, I'd put it closer to 8 to 8.5 miles. Great hike for a little challenge and day outside.
Started early on a Wednesday morning, only saw a couple other people on the way in and had the lake to myself for a little while. The trip took just under 4 hours, with time spent at the lake. Like others have said, the trail is very muddy, so be prepared for that. The incline level was moderate with plenty of flat and easy incline sections mixed in with the steeper parts; not too easy, not too difficult. I'm glad I went early and on a weekday, because the trail traffic picked up significantly after 11am and, when I got back to the parking lot, a school bus was dropping off 20+ middle school age kids. The entire hike is beautiful and peaceful, but I imagine it can get very busy!