The Swift Creek Trail is a difficult 8 mile hike. The trail travels through virgin timber and over glacier fed creek drainages. The upper end of the trail connects with the Lake Ann Trail #600 and Austin Pass, elevation 4700 feet. The trail has received minimal maintenance the past several years and as a result may be rough and difficult to locate. Another consideration before attempting the trail is that there are not any bridge crossings at Rainbow Creek and Swift Creek. These crossings at 0.5 mile and 2 miles along the trail can be extremely dangerous. Late summer and fall months may have lower water levels in the creeks. Swift Creek supports a population of fish. The trail enters the Mt. Baker Wilderness.
Directions: From Glacier, Trailhead Access, north end: Travel east on Mt. Baker Hwy. 542 for 23 miles to Heather Meadows. The Lake Ann trailhead and parking area are located on the left side of the road, between Austin Pass Picnic Area and Artist Point in Heather Meadows. Hike Lake Ann Trail for 2.3 miles to the intersection with Swift Creek Trail.
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