11.1 mi rt
gain: 3040 ft
max: 6174 ft
gpx track, use at your own risk: Hannegan
I try to go to Hannegan at least once a year. Often I will go early when there is still snow so that I can just go without worrying about trails ( :
Parking for Hannegan Pass/Peak is at the very end of Hannegan Pass Rd (N48 54.610 W121 35.511) which of course makes sense. The trail parking for Goat Mnt is about half way up the road. The road is gravel and has some potholes but those can be avoided if you watch for them. I would not hesitate to take a car up, there are always lots up there at the parking area. There is also a campground at the parking area with spots for several tents, a group shelter and a nice pit toilet.
The first 3.5 miles or so of the trail gains elevation slowly as it travels up the valley. There are plenty creek crossings along the way so there is no need for big water carries on the way up if you filter as you go. The views start immediately and soon you should have Ruth in your sights. The trail is not steep, just a long slow climb. That said, I really have a hard time with this section because it is very rocky and my feet always hurt when I am done, even more so now since the injury.
At about 3.5 mi the trail will turn a corner and start going up. In a very short distance you will come to the Hannegan camping area. This area is in the wilderness and is open to all, no permits needed, first come first served. This is also the last place for reliable water so fill up if you need it.
At about 4.25 mi the trail reaches the pass. Between the camp and the pass there are a few switchbacks to help you gain a small amount of ele to get to the pass. Once there you have choices…right to Ruth, straight into the National Park (you will need permits for camping there) or left to the peak. I usually go left.
Here is where the gain comes in, a little over 1000 ft in 1.3 mi or so. The views along the way are AMAZING! and they keep getting better the higher you go.
What a great day to be outside!