Last year when we headed to this area we had climbed Hannegan and Ruth in a day, so this year we decided to do something a little different, Hannegan and Granite.
It was forecast to be a very hot day, so we started at the trail head at 8. It was surprisingly cool for the first few minutes, but as we progressed we felt waves of heat. Luckily the trail was in the shade until past Hannegan Pass. This is a great trail, well maintained with nice grades. You travel through some mature forest, but also through many slide paths with great views. It's 6 km to a campground, and then the trail climbs through a few switchbacks to Hannegan Pass. At Hannegan Pass we turned left to head to Hannegan Peak. The trail switchbacks back and forth up both sides of the ridge, giving you views in all directions.
We took advantage of the shade and cool temperatures and made good time getting to the top of Hannegan in just over 2 hours.
Mt Shuksan and the Nooksak cirque
After a good break we set out towards Granite.
This is just a route, but it is popular enough to have trail much of the way. There are several bumps to go up and over on your way. After the last col before Granite we contoured to the south slopes to avoid some of the krumholtz on the ridge line. Unfortunately this slowed our progress as there were endless amazing blueberries to be eaten. Very distracting!
The top of Granite, is not surprisingly, full of granite rocks, somewhat Coquihalla-like.
the very top of Granite - a fun little granite peak.
There are great views from the top, with lots of Canadian Peaks in view as well.
The Still, Welch and Foley
It was hard to turn around with this beautiful ridge trying to lure us further, but we didn't want too long of a day when it was so hot.
Heading back we decided to skip some of the bumps, instead contouring more on the south slopes.
Looking back to the middle bump and Hannegan.
After we reached the Hannegan trail, we made good time again, but stopped frequently to drink and to dunk our hats in the streams. It was hot in those slide paths!
Looking down the valley towards the parking area.
The total distance was just over 21 km, with 1500 m elevation. Just under 8 hours, with lots of blueberry and water breaks, plus our usual stops.
It was definitely a day for a double scoop of ice cream at Graham's store.