Annette Lake

Jasmine and I decided to take advantage of the nice summer weather and go for a hike up in the Cascades. Leaving Seattle to the east there is only one major road that goes through the mountains: I-90. As such, there are a large number of hikes that start on the I-90 corridor and, frankly, it is hard to find a hike that doesn’t have an I-90 trailhead.

The trailhead for Annette Lake is about a one hour drive east on I-90 and is both pretty and popular. We hit up lake late on a weekday, so we missed out on the worst of the crowd and managed to get maximum pretty.

The hike is only 7.5 miles and only has one small downside: it is all uphill on the way out with a 1800 ft elevation gain. It is not that I like flat hikes better, but I do like some variety in my walk other than straight up. But the hike is well worth it with a stunning alpine lake at the summit. The lake was, however, a bit brisk. I estimate the temperature at 0 C based on the snow covering 3/4 of the lake, so no swimming. :(

It wouldn't be a cascade hike with out some waterfalls.

It wouldn’t be a cascade hike without some waterfalls.

Snow! The last mile was on again off again snow covered trail.

Snow! The last mile was on again off again snow covered trail.

Pretty lake! I promise the lake is under the snow.

Pretty lake! I promise the lake is under the snow.

I found the lake! And while i didn't go swimming I did wade out knee deep. It was COLD!

I found the lake! And while I didn’t go swimming, I did wade in knee deep. It was COLD!

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