Annette Lake Trail

MODERATE 308 reviews

Annette Lake Trail is a 6.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near North Bend, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2244 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

fly fishing

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

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

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1 day ago

Super fun! I started early in the morning and was able to make it to the lake before the mist disappeared. I then got to watch as the sun broke through which was pretty cool.

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1 day ago

This trail is definitely a challenge for those who may struggle with hiking uphill. The first half is all uphill, for my kids and I this was 3 hours of uphill. However it was quite possibly the most beautiful trail I've been on this summer and I will absolutely do it again! The lake was warm and great for swimming in, and the hike back downhill was much faster than going up. The environment was diverse and beautiful. Looking forward to this trail in the future.

5 days ago

it was beautiful

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18 days ago

This hike was SO BUGGY - do not forget bug spray. It took us about 2 hours to reach the lake and about an 1.5 hours to get back. Hike is moderate, some steep switchbacks in the middle of the hike towards the lake but not too bad. People in floaties were at the lake - wish I would have brought mine! Bring lake shoes if you want to go swimming - bottom is sharp and slippery. Would do it again, water is so clear and blue and hike was beautiful!!!

19 days ago

19 days ago

Decent hike. A lot of forest coverage during the hike limits the views. Lake at the end is pretty. Went in mid-June and encountered a lot of snow run off for the last mile or so, which made for a muddy slog.

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23 days ago

Awesome hike, love the scenery but too many flies.

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25 days ago

Snow Lake trail is much better.

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25 days ago

Annette Lake - a small, pretty lake, but it's a lot of work for what you get. Today's visit (7/23/17) was interesting, my only caveat being that I'd wished the skies more clear, and the bugs not to be as voracious as they were.

The information regarding distance of the trail is somewhat misleading, as the forest service indicated four miles one way, not 6.6 miles as stated above. But, it's quite an ascent for the distance, at 2,244 feet.

The trail? Unexceptional, in regards to photo opportunities, but full of rocks, roots, fallen trees, and steep switchbacks. The trail starts with a nice bridge overlooking a pretty waterfall, then onto a reasonable, slight climb through heavy canopy and twists/turns, and across a "well flowered" power line path, before you reach a gravel service road (probably about a mile in). Once past the road, there is a superb path feature: a fallen tree that has been carefully hewn into steps (with a guardrail) that carries the traveler.

Then, the challenge begins. Some of the ascents are both short and steep, and the switchbacks come on full bore; be prepared. The trail has a handful of valley/mountain views, a nice small waterfall, and small, dry channels (that funnel snow melt in season) to cross.

There is a short (3/4 mile?) reprieve prior to the lake, where the trail finally flattens out, and even goes downhill. At the lake itself, you can traverse a number of trails along the shore, to access a variety of vantage points, but there are no real "places" to park yourself - though I found a stump and "bench" to stop at and rest, and eat lunch.

The lake? Crisp and clear, cold water, with patches of turquoise and green, mingled with near shore brown areas. The view of the surrounding range(s) are adequate, but not as stunning as others, like Lake 22 or Snow Lake. An interesting point - alongside the lake was a grove of tall trees which had many campfire pits, so I imagine that an overnight visit might be a pleasant one, as there is a lot of room for camping.

The journey today started at 8:40 AM, with the temperature (roughly) in the 50's, and cloudy; the sun broke through at 10:15. I wore a long sleeve t-shirt over another t-shirt, and this was adequate. It took me three hours to reach the lake, but as a novice, and the elevation climb, I was happy to succeed in arriving. The area around the lake was partially cloudy, and still. Here's a quick summary of my own solo trip:

Traffic: moderate; several small groups, lots of dogs

Trail condition: wet in a very few areas, predominantly dry, sometimes dusty.

Trail comments: at least 70% rocky, and littered with twisted roots in the wooded areas. Path was obvious with no real diversions. Plenty of room in all sections to move off and allow uphill traffic. Few sunlit/open areas. Very few narrow passages or areas of caution.

Weather: Excellent, temperate. Afternoon brought more sun, but clouds remained over the lake.

Photo opps: fair on trail; best at the lake itself.

Bugs: bad; circling flies on the trail, and excessive at the lake. I had repellent which I wiped on; it was only partially helpful.

Wildlife: None seen.

Water consumed: Three liters

Total time spent: 8:40AM TO 2:20PM, 5.6 hours

Final comments: this trail is called "moderate" for a reason, and as a novice hiker, I found it reasonably challenging; it's a high ascent, and the steep parts were taxing. Not recommended for small children, or those who would struggle on an easy trail. Hiking poles are recommended, as well as adequate water and food, sunscreen, and sunglasses (if the day is bright). Unfortunately, because the bugs were a real bother, and the lake was less than spectacular for the hike, I can only give it three stars. Great for the exercise, but not for the scenery.

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27 days ago