Hannegan Pass Trail

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Hannegan Pass Trail is a 12.5 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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 12.5 miles Elevation Gain: 3,582 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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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.

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6 months ago

With trail reports indicating that the trail was snow free and there was no avalanche risk, I was finally able to get up into Hannagan Pass. I hiked with my 3 year old Dutch Shepherd Tobi, a retired Military Working Dog, and he did his first overnight with his new pack. The road to the trailhead is suitable for all vehicles, but there is one spot about 3 miles form the trailhead where it was certainly advantageous to have a high clearance vehicle. other than that one spot, it was actually one of the nicest FS roads I have ever been on. I arrived at the trailhead around 945AM and there were about 10-15 cars in the parking lot. When I left at 0830AM the next morning, there were easily twice as many parked there, with vehicles extending a good bit down the road from the parking area. I would split the trail into 3 segments. The first segment is about 1.5 miles long and consists of walking in and out of forest with brief excursions onto cleared slopes. The second consists of mostly exposed slopes and some waterfall/stream crossings and lasts until about mile 3. The last mile is the climb to camp, with a few switchbacks but mostly a steep grade up to the camp (and the pass). The trail is in great condition and it is obvious volunteers have spent a lot of time making it that way. Thank you! There are a few stream crossings in the middle segment that would not be possible without trail work. There are some blowdowns in the first mile of the trail that are crossable for man and dog alike. They will definitely need to be cleared at some point. There are 3 big trees down. If you go early in the morning or later in the evening, be aware that the foliage on the trail is heavy and you will get soaked from condensation just walking by the foliage. I started the trail around 10 am and it was dry, but when i walked back at 7am the next morning I was soaked. There is sporadic snow in the camp that will probably be gone in a week or two but it does not limit site availability. There is also some snow in the pass but it is all off trail. I saw several groups with alpine gear headed up to Ruth, but none of that is required to go to the Camp, Pass, or Hannegan Peak. Campsite was clean and everyone was pretty respectful. Despite what I consider a late start on the trail (10AM on a Saturday), there were plenty of campsites and I was able to get a nice one that was secluded (and someone had made a bench to sit on! Thanks!). Between 3 and 5 camp started to fill up, and some people ended up camping near the cooking area. Everyone seemed to be keeping a clean camp and kept to themselves. Bugs were only bad in exposed areas like at the top of the pass and in the meadows. Under tree cover they weren't bad at all. I did see some bear scat, including one massive and very fresh pile on the trail in the middle section. I did not see any bear though, just know they are out there and to practice good bear country etiquette. I did not go up to Hannegan Peak, I opted to take a nap instead and it was totally worth it. Despite the parking lot being very full, there didn't seem to be very many people camping at Hannegan Camp, so I can only infer that many people continued past the pass and into North Cascades NP to camp. A few teams camped on the saddle of Mt. Ruth. This is definitely not a trail you need to arrive at bright and early. I meandered up to the camp in just under 2 hours and had camp set up by 1pm with my choice of campsites, and I was able to park pretty close to the trailhead. It could easily be a day hike, but it makes for a very relaxing overnight. I clocked 4.1 miles to camp, 4.8 to the Pass. 1600 feet elevation to the camp and another 440 up to the pass. From the pass to Hannegan Peak is 1100 feet (1.1 miles).

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Thu Jun 28 2018

Wildflowers the entire way, no bugs! Gorgeous full waterfalls all the way. Fairly good shape entire way although couldn’t get to the end as an snow/ice bridge was large over one of the last creeks, and we didn’t wish to scramble down and around...all in all, a great early hike.

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Sun Jun 24 2018

Trail is washed out in a few places. Crossed about 10 areas of water from run off from the mountain. Could not get to the end. Turned around after 2nd big washout area. Hike was still pretty with lots of waterfalls and wildflowers

Thu Mar 29 2018

Totally enjoyed a late Feb x country ski from the wintertime parking . After leaving the snow-shoe’rs and their big footprints behind the snow was untouched and the world was silent. Just a great day!

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Mon Sep 21 2015

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.

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Tue Sep 15 2015

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.

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Wed Jul 10 2013

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.

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Tue Oct 23 2012

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:)

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Wed Oct 03 2012

Night two of my three night backpacking trip. For the whole story and pics, go to my blog. :) http://kellbell-whywouldanyonereadthis.blogspot.com/2012/10/day-two-hannegan-pass.html

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Mon Nov 07 2011

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.

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