There are many great peaks in the North Cascades to be hiked. Hannegan Peak is absolutely one of the bests. The peak is 6, 187 foot high and hikers have to hike around 10.4 mile to reach the summit. It is one of those few summits that can be claimed on a day-hike. The place offers a 360 degree sweeping view of the panoramic Picket Range and northern peaks of the park.
Hennegan Peak Hiking Guide
Even you climb up just 5000 foot you will not be disappointed. Once you cross 8 miles of hike, you will be pleased with your effort. There is this spectacular Ruth Creek Valley full with old-growth forest. You’ll also have chance to see the serrated Nooksack Ridge. On the head of the valley stands the majestic Ruth Mountain with lots of snow. Water tumbling down from the glacier along the side of Mount Sefrit and Nooksack ridge will give you a rush of adrenaline.
From Hannegan Pass, there is a trail northward that leads to the summit. The trail is just 1.2 miles long. As you cross a short distance across the trail, the panoramic Mt. Shuksan will appear in your horizon. As you continue your hiking, you will be greeted with a plethora of jagged peaks. Hannegan Camp which is about 3.5 miles from Hannegan pass is a popular sport for tourists and backpackers. There is another popular place by name Coper Ridge that lays beyond Hannegan Pass in Hannegan Peak.
How to Get There?
Drive along Mt. Baker Highway (WA 542) to Glacier Public Service Centre, which is located some 34 miles east of beautiful city of Bellingham. Continue driving for another 13 miles and then turn left onto Forest Road 32 (which is also known as Hannegan Pass Road), just before a bridge on the North Fork Nooksack River. From there continue another 5.3 miles to the end of the road. There is Hannegan Pass Trailhead.
Advice and Tips
If you are going on tour to Hannegan Peak in your own vehicle, you need a Northwest Forest Pass that costs $5 for a day’s parking. You can get the pass at Shell Gas Station in Maple Falls or at Haggen’s lot in Bellingham. Take some repellent in backpack to swarm of flies and mosquito in the area. If you are hiking on winter wear snow shoes. Taking snow axe is mandatory during the winter, especially if you have plan to hike Ruth mountain as well.