Gorgeous Day on Mount Ann

Page Type Page Type: Trip Report
Location Lat/Lon: 48.81639°N / 121.66637°W
Date Date Climbed/Hiked: Feb 2, 2011
Activities Activities: Hiking, Mountaineering
Seasons Season: Winter


I've always loved the North Cascades and have seen a lot of beautiful places in the many times I have visited the mountains, but this time I saw something new. Mount Shuksan presented itself in way I had not quite seen before with any other mountain. Not even the photos do the full justice with how beautiful Mount Shuksan was, my friend Gimpilator tells me it's one of the most photographed mountains. I now understand why.

Mount Shuksan with a Lenticular Forming
Mount Shuksan with a Lenticular Cloud

Through out the week Joanna and I tried to figure out a place to go (road washouts and long distances made trip planning harder), and finally the idea came about for Mount Ann. Certainly a great choice. Joanna once again picked me up from my house at 5:50 a.m. for the trip which we reach the trail head by 9 p.m. On the way it started out clear but as time progressed clouds came in.

Mount Baker during Sunrise
Mount Baker along the way

Mount Shuksan from the Trail head
Mount Shuksan from the Trail head

The Adventure

The views from the parking lot alone were very nice, I would have been satisfied with only being this far, but around the corner was more beauty than I had anticipated. Starting off was nice and easy which we went over the pass and down the valley. As usual Holly was bighting on Joanna's boot/ankle, but that's her job after all.
Goat Mountain East
Goat Mountain's East Summit

Ski Tracks
Ski Tracks

The Summit Lenticular
Lenticular Forming on Mount Shuksan

Naughty Holly
Holly getting Naughty Again

It was so nice not being at school (I cleared it with school which this was the best day to be out) and besides with the bad weather heading in the weekend is bound to be terrible weather. As we look at the mountain we try to decide which way we want to go up, I did not like the looks of the cornice on Mount Annet. XDiablox and I saw people way up on Mount Ann which we then figured the center was our best approach up.

The Route up Mount Ann
The Route up Mount Ann

Joanna Looking over towards Mount Shuksan
Joanna looking over at Mount Shuksan

Stormy Feeling
Storm Clouds heading over

Eventually we get to an interesting creek where it's a bit deep below the snow banks, but fortunately we find a nice snow bridge which made crossing easier. We then headed on through some trees and then were at the basin of Mount Ann. Joanna had something in her boot which she took off her snowshoes and walked around no problem without them, so we all decide to take ours off. Sure enough a few minutes later we end up putting them back on. As we walked along we came across a group of nwhikers which most of them greeted me.

Crossing a Snow Bridge
Crossing a Snow Bridge

Mike (iron) in front of Han Peak
Mike (iron)

Mount Ann with a dark Atmosphere
Mount Ann looking Dark

Holly in the Basin
Holly leading the Way

Excited to Climb
XDiablox having a good time

The Basin Panorama
The Basin

We then ascended up the slope which once again it was time to take off the snow shoes due to snow over ice. It started to feel like a game how many times I swapped, but fortunately no frozen straps so it was not big deal. As we went up a cornice avalanche broke off below Mount Annet which I was thankful we were not below that area. I almost photographed it but was so amazed by it that I some how could not. Looking over at Mount Shuksan had me impressed as well as the mountain atmosphere we were in. I was actually glad that it was not a perfectly clear day. I could have sat down and stared at the mountains for hours without getting even a little bit bored.

Joanna heading up
Joanna heading up

Into the Fog
Into the Fog

Later on when reaching the cornice between Ann and Annet Joanna was tired out from her sickness. Joanna could have made it to the summit but did not want us to get back in the dark. With it now being late in the day I now was the only one who would be able to summit Mount Ann. I then headed down the cornice and dashed to the summit. Looking behind me Shuksan was looking better than ever, I had to wipe off some snow from the camera which had me a little frustrated. But I manged to pull off a few photos.

Mount Shuksan Covered in Clouds
Mount Shuksan covered in Clouds

Mount Shuksan Panorama
Mount Shuksan Panorama

The Cross over Cornice
The cornice on the Ridge

The Route off of the Cornice
The Route off the Cornice

Shuksan though the Fog
Mount Shuksan through the Fog

From here on out if I wanted the summit, I would have to set photography to the side, but I couldn't help but look over at how beautiful the scenery was. On the last section it was a little steep so I had to once again take off my snow shoes and charge up the slope. I felt so excited in this place, I wished that someone else could have been with me when I reached the summit. At the top I took a few quick drinks, saw that it was getting late and hurried back down.

Mount Baker Panorama
Mount Baker Panorama

Me on the Summit of Mount Ann
Me on the Summit

Dark Shadowed Mountain
Dark Shadowed Mountain

The Last Section to the Summit
The Last Section

Heading over to Mount Annet

I hurried back down the steep section and then back on the ridge, I could see they already left, so now I had to make even more haste than before. But at the same time it was fun running along the ridge, especially in a place like this. As I caught a glimpse of Joanna, I yelled to her which I heard her talking with XDiablox which even though she had a quiet voice the place echoed voices so well I could hear light talking from far away. I then dashed on over and then up Mount Annet. Before I started all this running most of the day I felt perfectly fine, but this got me all tired out. At the summit I had to give the Picket Range a last look before heading down.

Joanna with Mount Baker
Joanna with Mount Baker

Sun Light on the Edge of Mount Shuksan
Sun Light on Mount Shuksan

Mount Blum from Mount Ann
Looking South

Last look at the Picket Range
Last look at the Picket Range

The Long Way Back

There were a few decent glissades I got on the way down which we made it down the mountain in decent time, it was after this though that time slowly slowed down. I gave a last solute to Mount Ann as we walked though the valley. The bad thing about solid snow on the way back is having to press more pressure on your right foot due to the slope (this problem did not exist with the opposite boot on the way in).

Sunset through the Clouds
Sunset through the Clouds

Heading on Down
Heading Down

Mount Shuksan during Evening
Mount Shuksan during Evening

As we got towards the pass it was almost dark and I was getting tired which it amazed me how much harder by this point it was just to go over a little pass. After the pass even going to the parking lot felt like a long ways when in the beginning going up hill was no problem. I guess thats what a day in the mountains and having to run up another mountain does to you. This was a really cool trip with some amazing scenery, hope to do something like this soon!


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mvs - Feb 4, 2011 3:45 pm - Voted 10/10

Excellent report, Josh!

Really nice photos too. What a great way to miss a school day :D.

Josh Lewis

Josh Lewis - Feb 4, 2011 7:36 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Excellent report, Josh!

Thanks Mike, this was by far the best day I have skipped school. Not only was this a very beautiful trip, I made the right call and did not miss any homework! What a double win, although the next day at school I was quite tired working on my homework, but certainly worth my while. I wish I could go on more trips like these. Cheers Josh Lewis.


EastKing - Feb 4, 2011 11:44 pm - Voted 10/10

Photos are fantastic!!

I really which I was with you on that trip. We will team up again soon. The photos are amazing!!!

Josh Lewis

Josh Lewis - Feb 8, 2011 12:24 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Photos are fantastic!!

Thanks Eastking! Perhaps one of these days you'll be able to have an over nighter in the north cascades. Once work allows. Thanks for the comment. Cheers Josh Lewis.


aran - Mar 4, 2011 6:27 pm - Hasn't voted

Great photos!

Thanks for sharing, I hope to climb up there soon!

Josh Lewis

Josh Lewis - Mar 4, 2011 9:36 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Great photos!

Thanks Aran! It's a cool place, I recommend going there when it's still snowy. My partner was getting a bit worried before the trip about the incoming clouds on the drive there because we did not want our views covered up, but I wondered if we were in store for a good day. And sure enough that's what happened.

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