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Copper Ridge

North Cascades > Mount Baker Area
48.9101, -121.5922 Map & Directions
Length
13.9 miles, one-way
Elevation Gain
1800 feet
Highest Point
6260 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Hard
The fire lookout along Copper Ridge. Photo by Ayzosh Full-size image
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Ridges/passes
  • Established campsites
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Lakes
  • Rivers

The Copper Ridge Trail forms part of the popular and iconic Copper Ridge Loop. The trail climbs to a ridge with stunning views before dropping down to the Chilliwack River Valley. Continue reading

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Hiking Copper Ridge

The Copper Ridge Trail forms part of the popular and iconic Copper Ridge Loop. The trail climbs to a ridge with stunning views before dropping down to the Chilliwack River Valley. To connect with this trail you must first start out on the Hannegan Pass Trail for 5.1 miles, going up and over Hannegan Pass before arriving at the boundary for North Cascades National Park and the official start of the Copper Ridge Trail.

From here start climbing 1,800 feet in just under 5 miles to Copper Mountain Lookout. You’ll pass Egg Lake along the way, one of 3 camps along the ridge (the other two are at Copper Lake and Silesia Lake). You must obtain a backcountry camping permit from the National Park ranger station to stay overnight in this area.

From here the trail continues along the ridge, heading downhill slowly at first then steeply through a series of switchbacks, fording the braiding tributaries of the Chilliwack River before bottoming out at the official end of this trail in the valley. This is where backpackers doing the entire loop will connect to the Chilliwack River Trail

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Copper Ridge

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 48.9101, -121.5922 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

A $26 backcountry permit is required to camp overnight in North Cascades National Park. Permits must be picked up in person at one of the park's Wilderness Information Centers

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WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

From I-5 exit 255, go east 34 miles on SR 542. Just past the town of Glacier, stop at the Public Service Center to obtain overnight permits, then continue another 12.7 miles. Turn left onto Hannegan Pass Road #32. At 1.3 miles, stay left on Ruth Creek Road, and drive the final 4 miles to road’s end. There is parking for 30 vehicles plus additional shoulder parking. Trailhead amenities include a vault toilet, shelter, and bearproof garbage bin.

More Hike Details

Trailhead

North Cascades > Mount Baker Area

Hannegan Pass (#674), Copper Ridge Trail (#692)

North Cascades National Park

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