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Hannegan Pass and Peak

North Cascades

Trip Report By

WTA Member



Hiked Jul 23, 2021

Type of Hike

Day hike

Trail Conditions

Trail in good condition


Road suitable for all vehicles


Bugs were an annoyance


Snow free
WTA trail work party

Road is in excellent shape for a gravel road in Washington.   Got to the trailhead around 8:30 and there were dozens of cars parked along the road since the actual trailhead is no longer accessible by car.  We found a spot rather quickly adding about a quarter of a mile to the hike.  There is a garbage can available at the trailhead and the restroom is located after about 50 yards after the road washout.  Also a nice little picnic area at the old trailhead.

Trail up to the pass is in great shape.  I thought it might be a bit brushy but it is plenty wide enough now that early morning travelers will not get a brush bath of water.  After a few minutes of strolling through the woods, the views open up and they are amazing.  The four or so miles to the pass go by quickly as you ogle the mountains surrounding you and watch Ruth at the head of the valley get closer and closer.

Bugs were not an issue on the way up.  There are water sources after the first two miles or so and there are plenty from the mid-point to right before  the pass (campsite). A couple of brief sections that take you through washout areas but the tread is good through these. On the last one, you do have to get past a small snow bank but no traction is necessary and there isn't any exposure.  I suspect the snow will be gone by the first of August.

A huge thank you to the four day WTA work crew improving the trail as you get near the pass!  We stopped to give thanks and chat for a few minutes as we knew a couple on the crew and it was so great to see them out there.  Thank you again, Doris and Cody (in case you are reading this).  

Not long after the work crew, we were at the pass and the views opened up a bit but honestly, we were a bit underwhelmed.  That quickly changed as we started climbing the trail up Hannegan Peak.  If you are just planning to go to the pass, I highly recommend putting in at least 15 more minutes of effort up the trail to the peak as the views open up and are among the best I have ever seen from a maintained trail.  

Motivated by the views we continued on.  The trail up the peak is in pretty good shape as it switchbacks up to a basin.  From there it heads straight up the ridgeline.  The trail here gets more chossy and a bit steeper.  Because it had a been a big week of hiking for my partner, she chose to take a break at a wonderful spot on the ridge while I ran up to the summit to see what it looked like to the north.

One of the best 360 views I have seen.  The Chilliwacks, Pickets, Challenger, Shuksan, Ruth... So much to take in!  Summit is flat and has plenty of places to relax and take a long break.

Jogged back down to where my partner was and then we began the journey back.  Of note, the mosquitoes were relentless on our return.  A cloud was floating around my partner as we made our way down.  The Deet was just keeping them away... just.  

Wildflowers were out but I believe it was past their peak but I could be wrong and we were early.  Also, we were spoiled by the explosion of wildflowers earlier in the week at Summerland so that might have made it seem like they were lacking on this hike.

This one is easily a top ten hike along the likes of Heather Maple Pass, Cutthroat Pass, Easy Pass, Cascade Pass.  Fantastic views from pretty much the start, a reasonable amount of gain for the distance and a trail that for the most part isn't too technical.  I will definitely be back to attempt Ruth, and make my way along Copper Ridge.  


vikr on Hannegan Pass and Peak

Stuke see my TR for copper ridge that I tried from hannegan peak

Posted by:

vikr on Jul 25, 2021 06:12 PM

vikr on Hannegan Pass and Peak

I didn't need to drop down to pass from peak and joined cooper trial on the ridge. I have caltopo link of what I followed. Can provide more detail if needed.

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vikr on Jul 25, 2021 06:15 PM

OneHundredMilesAYear on Hannegan Pass and Peak

I'm curious about the water sources you wrote about. I was on the trail crew and didn't see any other than the creek flowing near the camp. Is that what you are referring to?

Posted by:

OneHundredMilesAYear on Jul 26, 2021 12:14 PM

doristheexplorist on Hannegan Pass and Peak

Nice running into you on trail!

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doristheexplorist on Jul 26, 2021 12:27 PM