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Default Mt. Baker -Hannegan Valley May 7/17

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.
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Right away the views were great early on in our trek, boots and microspikes were just fine.
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A little further in, view back to where we came..
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Considerable area of Avy debris, steep sidehills made it hard on the feet and ankles. But firm snow helped the traction.
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East view, zoom on Mount Ruth coming into view...
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Time for a snack/rest/drink break. slopes are steep, generally 80 - 100%, found a gentler slope to stop at.
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Great view forward, looking east up to end of the valley.

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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.
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I called it quits, checked out around our turn around spot and headed back

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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.
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Further downstream, it was a pleasant snowshoe on generally easy ground. Except for creek crossing..off an islet.

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Found a rare exposed piece of ground with trail exposed..
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And a rest break at the trailhead, before returning the 2 km back to the vehicle.

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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.

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Looks like some fantastic views along a beautiful valley. Lots of snow still.
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Anyone know how the trail and parking lot conditions are now over a month later? Hoping to get over to Ruth this weekend and if not that then Hannegan summit. Guess there's a campsite right at the parking lot. Is it possible to drive there now?


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Hi Andrew.... I took a car up that road yesterday, stopped to hike Goat Mountain.

Snow level is 1400 meters; I expect the parking lot to be clear and the road driveable unless a bit of the windfall has not been cleared up was not much anyway.

Look forward to your report and pictures especially of the valley....... I expect lots of snow @ Hannegan Pass to the summit; plus partial snow cover from the 1250 to 1400 meter level which takes you right out of the valley. There will be some hard sloping snow, remaining from the several snow slides... you need to cross.

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Thanks Karl.


I'm guessing a Goat Mountain TR is in the works and look forward to seeing it too (:

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Thanks Karl.


I'm guessing a Goat Mountain TR is in the works and look forward to seeing it too (:
Yes a Goat Mountain TR is coming, likely tomorrow.

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Yes a Goat Mountain TR is coming, likely tomorrow.

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Got busy with stuff in week, then hike today.

TR in morning tomorrow.
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