Hannegan Pass


Backpack - Copper Ridge

Three day backpack in the North Cascades.

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  • Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 20.4 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 5,485 ft

Contact leader for meeting time and place.

Although open to all club members over age 18, this trip is also part of the B3 backpacking Building Blocks series and eligible for B3 course credit. In addition, this backpack will have a practical instructional/learning focus and offer experience in proper gear use and camp set-up techniques.

This is a very popular area with limited campsites.  North Cascades National Park does not accept reservations for backcountry campsites, so our specific route will depend on availability. 

My first choice:

Option 1:  On day 1, we will hike about 8 miles over Hannegan Pass to Silesia Camp and set up camp (about 3,200’ gain).  On day 2, we will hike about 2 miles to Copper Ridge Lookout, and then another 1.2 miles to Copper Lake before returning to our campsite for a total of about 6.4 miles and a gain of about 2,300’.  On day 3, we will hike 8 miles back to our cars, gaining about 600’.  The total distance for this option is about 22.4 miles and a total gain of about 6,100’.  If all agree, on the return we can add a 2.5 mile round trip sidetrip from Hannegan Pass to the spectacular views of Hannegan Peak. 

Other options, if permits for Option 1 are unavailable:

Option 2: Assuming an out and back route: For day 1 and 2 – Egg Lake (which is close to Silesia Camp) or Copper Lake.  Same total distance as Option 1.

Option 3 (For a loop trip):  Day 1 – Copper Lake.  Day 2 – Descend north from the ridge, ford the Chilliwack River, then hike south along the river to either U.S. Cabin Camp or Copper Creek Camp.  Day 3 – Recross the Chilliwack River on a hand-operated cable car, and hike back to our cars.  The total distance for this option is about 34 miles, with up to 16 miles and 4,800' feet of gain in one day.  

Option 4 (For a loop trip):  Same as Option 3, but in reverse.

Tent sharing:

The backcountry campsites for this route are limited to 4 people in 2 tents.  I plan to drive up a day early to increase our chance of getting the best sites, and it is possible I can obtain two sites.  However, unless I am able to obtain two sites, we will need to share tents.  For this reason, people must be willing to share a tent.

Maps:  Green Trails Mount Shuksan #14 and Mt. Challenger #15. You can also locate and print USGS topo maps online for free – see http://www.mountaineers.org/foothills/hiking/docs/how_to_print_usgs_maps_for_free.html  

Guide books:  Backpacking Washington (Romano) Trip 54; 101 Hikes in the North Cascades (Spring and Manning) Trip 11 (all Mountaineers Press).   

Leader permission is required, which you can obtain by sending an e-mail to the leader.

I expect low overnight temperatures will be in the 30s.  You should check the current weather report shortly before departure:  http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lon=-121.43635&lat=48.94145#.U40uBvldVuI

The trip is subject to change or cancellation if the predicted weather is unusually poor.

Other gear notes:

1.  Bear cans are not required.  Bring a stuff sack to hang your food (no plastic grocery bags) or an Ursack.   You should not use the stuff sack from your clothes, tent or sleeping bag for your food. 

 2.  You should bring some method of water purification. 

3.  Bugs are certainly possible; bring bug repellant.

 4.  To reduce pack weight, you should consider sharing gear, especially stoves, cooking pots, water filters, and tents.  About 1 week before the trip, I will send an E-mail to all.  If you are interested in sharing any items, Reply All to this E-mail, describing gear you would like to provide for sharing or if you are interested in sharing another’s gear.   Sharers should make arrangements directly with any interested people. 

Carpooling will be encouraged, and arranged about 1 week before departure. 



Hannegan Pass

  • Green Trails Mt Shuksan No. 14

    Green Trails Mt Challenger No. 15

    Green Trails Mount Baker Wilderness Climbing No. 13SX

    Green Trails North Cascades Ross Lake No. 16SX

    Trails Illustrated North Cascades National Park
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials plus overnight gear which may include:

  • Tent with footprint/ground tarp
  • Stove and fuel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Water filter
  • Bear canister or extra stuff sack and cord designated for hanging food
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
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