Mount Ann

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  • Descending the south side of Austin Pass.- Mount Ann
  • Swift Creek Valley.- Mount Ann
  • First views of Mount Baker (10,781').- Mount Ann
  • Swift Creek crossing.- Mount Ann
  • Mount Ann (5,840') with Mount Baker (10,781').- Mount Ann
  • Near the Lake Ann/Swift Creek Trail junction.- Mount Ann
  • Climbing toward Mount Ann's north basin.- Mount Ann
  • Mount Ann's north basin.- Mount Ann
  • Climbing a ridge on the edge of the north basin.- Mount Ann
  • Looking northeast at the Shuksan Arm.- Mount Ann
  • The Shuksan Pyramid.- Mount Ann
  • Climbing out of the north basin.- Mount Ann
  • Han Peak (5,681') with Mount Shuksan (9,131') behind.- Mount Ann
  • Looking up at Mount Ann's summit block from the ridge crest.- Mount Ann
  • Down climbing part of the ridge crest.- Mount Ann
  • Ascending Mount Ann's summit block.- Mount Ann
  • Looking east toward Lake Ann.- Mount Ann
  • Looking south at Baker Lake from Mount Ann's summit.- Mount Ann
  • Summit view of Mount Baker (10,781') to the southwest.- Mount Ann
  • Alpenglow on Mount Shuksan (9,131').- Mount Ann
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Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Dramatic views of the North Cascades. Easily accessible during winter.
Cons: 
Trailhead near a crowded ski area.
Region:
Mount Baker Area, WA
Congestion: 
Low
Preferable Season(s):
Winter
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
NW Forest Pass
Total Distance: 
15.00 mi (24.14 km)
Trailhead Elev.: 
4,323 ft (1,318 m)
Net Elev. Gain: 
2,900 ft (884 m)
Trail Uses:
Hiking
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Dogs allowed: 
No
Recommended Equipment:
Ice Ax, Crampons, Other
Most technical pitch: 
Class II

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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Mount Ann is the commonly accepted name of a 5,840-foot backcountry high point in the Mount Baker Wilderness Area just outside of North Cascades National Park. Almost centrally situated between Mount Baker to the southwest and Mount Shuksan on the northeast, the open summit grants astounding views of each, in addition to views of Baker Lake sprawled out just a few miles to the south. Because of its proximity to the Mount Baker Ski Area, Mount Ann makes for the ideal winter outing and is most popular as a backcountry skiing and snowshoeing destination, although enjoyable ascents can be carried out year-round.

The climb begins in the ski area's upper parking lot (which is also where you can find the Bagley Lakes and Wild Goose trailheads). You begin by following curving snowcat tracks for a quick 400-foot climb to Austin Pass at 4,700 feet. Wave your goodbyes to the folks taking it easy on the chairlifts before making your 1-mile, 700-foot descent down into the Swift Creek Valley, where Mount Baker, Shuksan and Ann all make their first appearances. Continue into the forest for a lengthy southeast traverse with one or two manageable creek crossings and minimal elevation change. Upon exiting the tree cover, the remainder of the route up into Mount Ann's northern basin is clearly visible. In the summer months when there is no snow cover, this will be near the Lake Ann/Swift Creek Trail junction. After gaining the ridge crest east of the summit, make your final ascent up the block and behold the magnificent 360-degree views!

Note: Always make sure to check weather and avalanche reports when traveling in the backcountry.

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