From Interstate 5 in Bellingham take the Mount Baker Highway (WA 542) to the Nooksack River Bridge which is beyond Glacier, WA. Do not cross the bridge but proceed straight ahead on the unpaved Nooksack River Road. After 1.4 miles take the uphill branch of the road (Hannegan Pass Road - FR 402) for another 4.2 miles to the Hannegan Pass trailhead and campground (3,100 feet).
The trail traverses along the north side of the Ruth Creek Valley, then follows switchbacks up steep terrain to Hannegan Pass at 4 miles. Campsites are at the pass.
From a quarter mile south of the pass, locate a climber's trail leading directly up steep heather to a bench at 5,500 feet. Traverse to the east on steep snow. This is the most exposed portion of the entire climb so exercise caution above the cliff band below. The traverse to the southeast leads over a minor ridge as it continues to a broad ridge (5,600 feet) leading south onto a long snow slope. This final slope of 20-25 degrees is a small glacier so expect to see a few crevasses by late season
Ice axe, crampons, rope, etc.
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