Start out in second growth forest, which quickly opens to grand views of the Ruth Creek Valley within Mt. Baker Wilderness. The trail grade is fairly level for the first mile and then begins a gentle climb for the next 2.5 miles. In early summer see numerous waterfalls and the occasional avalanche cascade down the steep cliffs of the Mt. Sefrit and the Nooksack Ridge to the south. The white dome of Ruth Mountain appears after the first mile. Open views are almost continuous as the trail only briefly enters small patches of forest. Approximately a half mile below the pass is the turnoff to the right for the Hannegan Camp. To continue to the pass, stay left, as the trail steeply switchbacks through sub-alpine forest.
At Hannegan Pass, encounter a signed junction with Hannegan Peak Trail 674.1, which gains 1,200 feet in one mile to the summit of Hannegan Peak. To the east is an unmaintained mountaineering route leading to Ruth Mountain and Icy Peak. One mile north of Hannegan Pass the trail enters the North Cascades National Park. This is the first leg of the very popular Copper Ridge loop. The trail also accesses Whatcom Pass, Easy Ridge, an extended trip across the North Cascades Picket Range to Ross Lake Reservoir, and other less traveled locations in the North Cascades National Park.
Four dispersed campsites with fire rings and picnic tables and a day-use shelter are located at the trailhead.
At a Glance
||Summer - Fall
||Summer - Fall
- Open to hikers and llamas year round. Open to stock July 1-Oct. 31.
- No campfires. Wilderness regulations apply, including a maximum party size of 12.
- Once trail enters North Cascades National Park, National Park Regulations apply. National Park Regulations: Pets and goats are prohibited. Overnight use requires a backcountry permit available at the Glacier Public Service Center. Camping and fires are permitted only in designated sites. No hunting. No mushroom collecting.
||No potable water.
||Vault toilet at trailhead. Mountain toilet located at Hannegan Camps.
||A valid Recreation Pass required at Hannegan Lake Trailhead.
||US Forest Service
||Check current conditions or call Mt. Baker Ranger District office or Glacier Public Service Center.
Travel east on Mt. Baker Highway SR 542 to 12.5 miles east of the Glacier Public Service Center, in Glacier Washington. Then turn left on Hannegan Pass Road (Forest Service road 32). Follow FS road 32 for 5.3 miles to the trailhead and parking at the end of the road.
Black bears frequent the area. Food and scented items need to be stored in a secure manner.
- Green Trails: Mt. Shuksan #14
- USGS: Mount Sefrit
- USFS: Mt. Baker Ranger District and Mt. Baker Wilderness
Camping: Backpackers are encouraged to use the designated sites and cooking area at Hannegan Camp. Please store food, garbage, cooking gear and toiletries. Toilet facilities located at Hannegan Camp and Hannegan Pass.
The trailhead and parking area are located at the end of the road. Parking for 30+ vehicles with room for stock trailers.