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Trip Report

Hannegan Pass and Peak

North Cascades

Trip Report By

WTA Member

75 

Hiked Jul 25, 2021

Type of Hike

Multi-night backpack

Trail Conditions

Trail in good condition

Road

Road suitable for all vehicles

Bugs

Bugs were terrible

Snow

Snow free
WTA trail work party

Spent 3 nights/4 days (7/22-7/25) volunteering with WTA and maintaining the Hannegan Pass trail. Camped at Hannegan Camp all 3 nights. 

Parking: trailhead was already busy Thursday morning when we all got there. It got busier as the weekend came. Small parking area, and then you park along the road. We parked along the road. Road to original parking area is still washed out, so a few hundred feet walk to TH. The bathroom was clean and had toilet paper when we were there. 

Trail: There was one tricky area of snow about 2.5-3 miles in, when we hiked out Thursday, but by Sunday it was pretty much melted out and not tricky to cross anymore. Hike to Hannegan Camp has some hot exposed parts. Noticed some fat Indian Paintbrush flowers along the trail that were beautiful. 

Hannegan Camp: was about 4ish miles in from TH. Our work crew took up 3 sites, that camp area has about 5 pretty big campsites that can each fit 3-6 tents at. We saw a bear at camp our first day there. The stream runs right next to camp for an easy water source. There is a cooking area above the campsites. The pit toilet is getting pretty full. The bugs were pretty bad at camp, especially around dinner time, and also got worse when it got really hot out. 

Trail Work: We worked on the switchbacks right before you get to Hannegan Pass. 

Trail to Peak: Saturday, Cody and I hiked to Hannegan Peak. The turnoff is at the pass. Trail is easy to find and navigate. There was one snow crossing, but it will be melted out soon, near the top. Not much water source up top, but there were patches of snow you can melt. At the top you can see some from afar plumes of smoke NE and East, but smoke is not impacting this area at all. I think the fire East was the Cub Creek fire, and the NE one might be in Canada. 

Tips: Bugs were pretty bad, mosquitos, flies, and biting flies. We wore bug nets while working on trail. Overall, this trail is beautiful and highly recommend going to Hannegan Peak!

Comments

ngie on Hannegan Pass and Peak

Nice! Thank you so very much for your volunteering!

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ngie on Jul 26, 2021 06:20 PM

gemhel19 on Hannegan Pass and Peak

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Please share any info you have that may help fire investigators of the Bear Creek Fire. A person of interest accessed Hannegan Pass Trailhead on bike on or around July 26th. White male, 30-35yrs old, 5'7"-5'9", short dark hair and stubby beard. Email tips to nps_isb@nps.gov

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gemhel19 on Aug 05, 2021 07:44 PM