Hannegan Peak Trail is a 9.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Maple Falls, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from May until August.
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.
Favorite so far, a long exhausting day but AMAZING views. Panoramic from all sides. Hard but so worth it.
The 1 mile trail from the pass to the peak is moderately steep in places but also well defined and not overly difficult. Views start to open up fairly quickly and get better as you continue to gain elevation. The top of the peak is a surprisingly large flat open area with views of lofty peaks in every direction. Great hike and highly recommended.
If you can get past the crowds and the black flies in the valley, it doesn't get any better than this. One of the best views anywhere, great wildflowers, not too many people...just a great hike all around.