Lake Ann Out-and-Back
ElevationAscent: 1,715' 523 m
Descent: -1,715' -523 m
High: 11,839' 3,609 m
Low: 10,252' 3,125 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 30% (17°)
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“An exceptional hike ending at a picturesque mountain lake with great views of the surrounding Three Apostles.”— John Shuttlesworth
Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife
Need to Know
As you begin your hike from the 2WD parking area you start your journey up a gentle slope that will continue for the majority of the hike. As noted the first couple of miles are all dirt road hiking. Along the way are a seemingly endless number of campsites dotted along the road. The road passes through the valley sandwiched between several large mountains.
As you travel the road ensure that you follow all posted signage and stay to the right when it forks. The road left leads to a climbers trail for Huron Peak. Eventually you arrive at the actual trailhead with signage indicating rules and restrictions for the area. From this point on you'll share the trail with the CDT, so you'll likely see plenty of other hikers along the way. Keep an eye out for signage as the trail splits twice, once for Hope Pass and again for Apostles Basin. At the final split you'll head to your right and immediately cross a small footbridge as you head towards the lake.
The trail continues to meander through the lush valley forests and shrubs as you make your way into the evergreen forests near Lake Ann. The trail quickly changes from a gentle incline to a fairly steep hike as you traverse the last couple of miles to the lake. The trail is clearly marked and easily navigated without any confusion. As you come above treeline the trail for the CDT will continue over the pass as you veer gently left to the open fields lying in front of Lake Ann. From here you get great views of Huron Peak, the West Apostle and the surrounding Collegiate Peaks Wilderness.
Overall an exceptional hike that is absolutely worth the effort. One of the most scenic areas of the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness that offers unforgettable views of the beautiful Three Apostles.