There are good reasons the Annette Lake Trail near Snoqualmie Pass is popular. The trail is close to Seattle, easy to access and in good condition, with only one minor blow-down on the route. The elevation gain is substantial enough to provide a moderate workout followed by a cool-down or lunch, or both, at Annette Lake. The Lake (3,600 feet) is a pretty subalpine lake nestled below Silver and Abiel peaks and provides several suitable lunch spots and campsites.
GETTING THERE: From Seattle drive east on I-90 and get off at Exit 47. Go right for .1 mile on Forest Road 55, and then left onto Forest Service Road 5590. Continue about .3 mile to the trailhead and parking lot, elevation 1,900 feet.
TRAIL DATA: Annette Lake is about 7.5 miles round trip, with an elevation gain of about 1,700 feet. The Ashael Curtis Nature trail is 1 mile, elevation gain about 180 feet. The map is Green Trails No. 207 Snoqualmie Pass.
Bring some cash to cover the carpool fee . 10 - 15 cents per mile is suggested for riders. It is about 40 miles each way from the park and ride to the trail head.
IT'S HIGHLY RECOMMENDED TO BRING YAK TRAX OR MICRO SPIKES AND HIKING POLES AS THERE MIGHT BE SNOW IN THE TRAIL.
Meet at 7.00 am at Eastgate park and ride underneath the overpass.
Distance: 7.5 miles rt.
Elevation gain: 1400ft.
Please bring warm clothes, yak trax ( there may be snow and ice on the trail ) ,gloves!.
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