Discover a pleasant alpine lake alternative to nearby, crowded Lake Ingalls. Tranquil Lake Ann can't boast the same dramatic view of jagged Mount Stuart, but it has its fair share of scenery, especially during fall when the larches around it turn to gold.
Access Lake Ann from the Emeralda Basin Trailhead. After 0.4 miles of hiking, come to a junction. The right-hand trail leads up and away to Longs Pass, and eventually the ever-popular Lake Ingalls, but you'll take the left-hand fork and continue north on the Esmerelda Trail. The trail to Lake Ann and beyond is rugged, steep and narrow and can be hard to follow at points.
Hike through meadows and take several switchbacks into a high basin with the North Fork Teanaway River meandering through the bottom. The trail climbs through open, rocky terrain with views of Esmeralda Peaks to the southeast, as well as views overlooking Lake Ann.
3.1 miles in is a signed trail intersection for Lake Ann. Begin climbing again, up and over a ridge to the north, to views of Lake Ann just below you. If you're tired, soak in the scenery around you, or head down to the beautiful lake and explore. Just remember to tread lightly--this is a fragile area.
WTA Pro Tip: Make it a thru-hike! The trail continues past Lake Ann to the basin of Fortune Creek and Van Epps Pass, then continues to Scatter Creek, ultimately ending at the Scatter Creek Trailhead.
- 8.2 miles, roundtrip
- Elevation Gain
- 2,200 feet
- Highest Point
- 6,500 feet
Hiking Lake Ann
Map & Directions
Co-ordinates: 47.4369, -120.9373 Open in Google Maps