Hannegan Pass Trail is a 12.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Maple Falls, Washington that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from June until October.
Directions from Glacier: Travel east on Mt. Baker Hwy. 542 for 12.5 miles. Turn left on Forest Road #32 (Hannegan Pass Road). Follow Road # 32 for 5 miles. The trailhead and parking area are located at the end of the road. A toilet is provided at the trailhead.
Great scenary, easy trail up to Hannegan pass with 2-3 small wash-outs from drainage. The first 3-4 miles follow Ruth Creek (below) and offers a great chance for wildlife viewing. Granite peaks surround you on all sides giving this trail plenty of things to look at. I would love to go back and hike this trail through to Ross Lake, it appears that there are several camping site options and this trail links up with several other trails in the North Cascade NP. The road to get to the TH is one of the worst I have driven, a word to the wise, high clearance vehicles are recommended.
The first 3 miles of the trail is a nice gradual hike through the valley with views of Mt Sefrit and Noosack Ridge. As you get closer to the pass Ruth Mountain dominates the view to the south. Hannegan pass is nice place to take a break but I wouldn't recommend it as a final destination because the views from the pass are very limited by surrounding trees. The views from Hannegan Peak however are amazing and although the trail gets steeper it is definitely worth the extra mile.
This was a magical hike. We were totally in awe the entire walk up to the Pass. Too many waterfalls to count. Walking over snow drifts and crossing streams. I think this is what heaven may look like. Wow. Absolutely stunning changing vistas. This is a must do hike. Not that difficult. Saw many people treking up the snow ladden Ruth Mountain. Made me salivate. Really want to do that. So cool. Enjoy this hike starting in early July when most trails above 5,000 feet are snowed in.
Loved this hike. Our first backpacking adventure. Stayed the night at Hannegan Camps and hiked on to Hannegan Peak. Well worth the long hard climb:)
Night two of my three night backpacking trip. For the whole story and pics, go to my blog. :)
Stunning! Lots of wild flowers and old growth firs. Not an easy hike but always worth it. Wildlife is abundant too. Look for Bears, Eagles, grouse. Great for a mid summer to fall hike. The Pass itself can be covered in several feet of snow as late as July so be prepared.