This was my first solo backpacking trip and it was a perfect trip for that. The trails are well travelled, the views quite beautiful and extensive and easy access to water. The campsites are quite separated from each other so you really get a sense of being alone, even when other campers are there.
This is the first view of the Nooksack Ridge heading up the trail into the Hannegan Peak-Copper Ridge area.
This is the first view of Ruth Mt as you head up the trail into the pass.
After a couple of hours, you get to the actual Hannegan Pass facing north. To the right and back SE is Ruth Mt,
straight ahead is Copper Ridge and to the left is Hannegan Peak.
A little below the pass on the way to Copper Ridge is the sign telling you you're now
entering North Cascades Park.
I was originally planning to camp at Silesia Camp on Copper Ridge but the sites were all full and the only
available sites were at Boundary Camp so that's where I ended up. I was the first one down there and had my
choice of spots and this is the one I chose, a little isolated from the rest and close to the creek.
After setting up camp, having a meal and hanging my gear on the bear pole, I packed up my fanny pack with
some water, a jacket and my camera and headed back up into the pass to go up Hannegan peak and get some views.
By the time I made it up to the peak, the clouds started moving in just a bit but the views were still great!
This is the view to the NNW and you can see the Cheam Ridge in the way background.
This is the view NNE and looks down along Copper Ridge.
This is the view to the ESE and looks at the Pickett Range in the distance and the Challenge Glacier in the
The view to the SSE of the Pickett Range, Icy Peak and some others.
SSW looking at Baker and Nooksack Ridge. I took a lot of photos of Shuksan and Nooksack ridge.
NNW looking at Goat Mt in the foreground.
Another couple joined me up top, took my picture and the gentleman and myself spent about 45 minutes
with our maps figuring out all the views and peaks. I didn't get their picture. Darn!
Looking back at Ruth Mt and the meadows on Hannegan. Beautiful colors in the heather.
Welcome to the American Alps. You can see why Shuksan and the Nooksack Towers have often been compared
to the Alps.
Yet another view of Ruth, Shuksan and Nooksack.
A parting shot of the other SW ridge and then back down the trail to camp for dinner and off to sleep. A full
day to definitely be remembered and repeated another time, for sure.
I didn't take any more pictures on this trip. When I woke up, the clouds had moved in and the rain came in
fits and starts and finally settled in so I cancelled my plans to explore Copper Ridge, broke camp,
packed up my wet gear (making a note to get myself a syltarp for shelter from the rain for the next trip!)
and headed back up to the pass and down to the car and back home.
A great trip!!