Little Annapurna is an 8,440 foot tall peak located within the heart of the ever-popular and stunningly beautiful Enchantment Lakes area in Washington state. Summitpost calls Little Annapurna one of the "trademark peaks" of the area because of how frequently it is photographed. The namesake comes from the resemblance of the shape of the south face of the Himalayan peak, Annapurna. From the summit, you have excellent views of Tahoma (Mount Rainier) on a clear day, the entire Enchantment Lakes area, as well as a stunning vantage point to enjoy views of Dragontail and Stuart peaks. The route takes you past the vivid Colchuck Lake and over the notoriously steep Aasgard Pass as well, both of which are popular objectives for day hikers.
Note: the Enchantments area is a high-use area. Please stick to established trails as much as possible to reduce impact, and follow all wilderness regulations and rules.
The route: This is an out-and-back route, meaning you start at the trailhead, summit, and return to the trailhead.
Start from the Stuart and Colchuck Lake Trailhead (https://maps.app.goo.gl/GD45TEUP3M5TpdY16). Follow the obvious trail through dense forest to Colchuck Lake. You'll be able to see Aasgard Pass once you get to the lake – the obvious low point to climber's left of Dragontail Peak. Yes, the pass is as steep as it looks. Continue along the west side of the lake, through the boulder field, and around to the south side of the lake. Climbing up Aasgard Pass is a bit of a choose-your-own-adventure kind of climb. There is no official trail up the pass and there are cairns everywhere. Use common sense and know your abilities as it's easy to get yourself into spicier terrain. Once stop Aasgard, you can see Little Annapurna to the southeast. From this vantage point, the peak looks like a gently rolling hill. Follow the trail west between Isolation Lake and Tranquil Lake, then make your way south to hike/scramble up to the summit. There are three large rock formations atop Little Annapurna – the actual summit is the top of the middle formation, although it is a pleasant experience to sit atop all three. Enjoy the dramatic views and then reverse your steps back to the trailhead. Depending on the time of year, there may be ice and snow on the route. Use extreme caution if glissading down Aasgard Pass, as people have fallen through the snow and into flowing water. Be sure to check conditions, take appropriate gear, and know your limitations.