This trip was planned to tackle and summit Hannegan with a long day in, however the conditions proved to be a lot more challenging than expected.
A 6 am meeting @ Bromley's IGA, South of the US Border, translated into us geared up and ready to walk the Hannegan Valley Road starting at 8 am. .. Snow proved to be very firm, hard from overnight freezing, that we could walk on top. snow blocked the road at 2 km before the trailhead and parking.
Right away the views were great early on in our trek, boots and microspikes were just fine.
A little further in, view back to where we came..
Considerable area of Avy debris, steep sidehills made it hard on the feet and ankles. But firm snow helped the traction.
East view, zoom on Mount Ruth coming into view...
Time for a snack/rest/drink break. slopes are steep, generally 80 - 100%, found a gentler slope to stop at.
Great view forward, looking east up to end of the valley.
Resume our trip, wasted time rout-finding. Turns out we 100 meters above in elevation abeyond the trail. we had to correct, head down and found a part of it exposed out of the snow.
I called it quits, checked out around our turn around spot and headed back
Heading back, we dropped down to the creek and snowshoed near the base of the slope.
Formerly an Avy blockage here, washed away by the creek.
Further downstream, it was a pleasant snowshoe on generally easy ground. Except for creek crossing..off an islet.
Found a rare exposed piece of ground with trail exposed..
And a rest break at the trailhead, before returning the 2 km back to the vehicle.
Owing to GPS Malfunction; estimate only 18 km return with 600 meters net elevation gain with a portion due to climbing up the wrong gully in error. 4:30 pm back at the trailhead, and then 15 minutes walk back to the vehicle.