Hannegan Pass and Peak

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Hannegan Pass and Peak

Distance: 10.4mi
Elevation: 3,100ft
Time: 5-6h

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Prepare for panoramic views aplenty when you hike up Hannegan Pass and Hannegan Peak. This 6,187 ft, North Cascades vantage point showing off mounts Ruth, Shuksan, Baker, and many more. This is a tough hike, but it’s well worth it.

Getting there

From Glacier, drive Mount Baker Highway east for 13mi to milepost 46. Turn left onto Forest Rd 32. In another 1.3mi, take the left fork (Ruth Creek Rd). Continue 5.4mi to the Hannegan Campground.

About

When to do

July to October

Backcountry Campsites

Yes, at Hannegan Camp

Toilets

Yes, at trailhead

Family friendly

No

Route Signage

Average

Crowd Levels

High

Route Type

Out and back


Elevation


Detailed Description

From the get-go, Hannegan Pass Trail parallels Ruth Creek, with views of Mount Sefrit and the Nooksack Ridge to the south. It weaves in and out of forests, over mountain streams, and through open meadows. While this trail starts out relatively low from 3,100 ft, it doubles in elevation over the course of 5mi. Most of that gain occurs after the first mile, so take your time easing into it.

At 3mi you’ll reach a stream (feeding into Ruth Creek below); we recommend looking back for a nice view of Granite Mountain overhead. In another half mile, you’ll reach the Hannegan Camp junction. It’s worth wandering through for water and a wildflower show – at 4,700 ft, the camp area has a lovely subalpine feel. Head left at the junction to continue up steeper slopes to Hannegan Pass at 4mi.

Views are limited at the pass, but it’s a nice place to take a break before continuing on up to Hannegan Peak. Turn left at the signed junction at 4mi to tackle the final mile to the summit.

You’ll quickly pop out of forest into open meadows, and your final destination – Hannegan Peak itself – comes into view. The views only get bigger (and the trail steeper) as you go. Due south, the snow-white Ruth Mountain dominates the view for much of the climb. Once you reach the top, 360-degree views of the Cascade Mountain are yours, with Ruth, Shuksan, and Baker taking the cake. Return the way you came.

Insider Hints

  • It can get downright toasty here on a warm day, and biting flies can be a nuisance. Bring plenty of sunscreen and bug spray.

  • Camping is available at the trailhead, at Hannegan Campground. You can also backpack into Hannegan Camp.

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