Ruth Mountain from Hannegan PassRuth Mountain from Hannegan PassRuth Mountain from Hannegan Pass




A Whatcom County hike


Driving Instructions: Drive east of Bellingham on the Mount Baker Highway, State Route 542. 13 miles beyond the Glacier Public Service Center turn LEFT onto gravel Forest Road 32 toward Hannegan Pass. This is just before the bridge over the Nooksack River. 1.3 miles in on the gravel road stay left at a junction. Drive to the end of the road, 5.4 miles from the Mount Baker Highway.

Data: This hike is in the Mount Baker/Snoqualmie National Forest and a Forest Service parking permit is required to park at the trailhead. This hike is also in a Wilderness area and Wilderness rules apply. No more than 12 pair of eyes; in other words, 12 people or 10 people and 2 stock. The one-way distance to Hannegan Pass is 4.0 miles with a 2000 foot elevation gain. The one-way distance to Hannegan Peak is 5.0 miles with a 3100 foot elevation gain. SWITMO rates it moderate.

Hike Description:

  • The trail heads south easterly following Ruth Creek upstream.

  • Some creeks need to be crossed which can be tricky early in the season.

  • Views of Mt. Sefrit, Nooksack Ridge, and Ruth Mountain will be on your right.

  • The Pass is the turn-around point unless the hiker wishes to climb to the Peak. Go left at the pass and in another mile reach the Peak with panoramic views.

  • The Pacific Northwest Trail continues east from the Pass and in another 43 miles from the Pass comes out at Ross Dam.

Source: USGS

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