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Default North Cascades National Park: Copper Ridge Aug.18/19

Paul and I discussed hiking to Copper Ridge, and discussed other destinations. We settled on this one. Basically it is 7 km from the trail head to Hannegan Pass, and another 7 km further on the Copper Ridge Trail we hiked to. From the pass it descends around 200 meters elevation, and then turns up after taking the left fork of a trail junction.Plenty or giant mushrooms seen along this trail and up into the top of Copper Ridge..Day was warm, sunny, with pleasant cool winds on the ridge top. We had a nice breeze heading back as well.

Stopped at the register where I had signed us in. We started hiking 8:40 am and returned to the car 5:15 pm, taking 1/2 hour lunch. Checking the list 23 groups had started up after we did.

Stats: Low pt 950 meters, hi point 1770 meters.. net estimated elevation gain based on 200 meter drop and recovery into the basin below the pass; close to 1200 meters. 28 km return. Hiking time; 2 hours to the Pass from the TH, and 2-1/2 hours to our lunch spot. 1 hour 50 minutes to return to pass, and then 1 hour 30 minutes to return to the Trailhead. not including breaks, close to 8 hours actual hiking time.

This one taken from a website shows the ridge in foreground we had our lunch before we headed back.
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Parking along access road, road washed out just 50 to 200 meters before the trailhead:
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Trail head INFO SIGN:
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Nice views heading up Hannegan Valley, nice moderate to gentle grade until 2 km before Hannegan Pass.
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Before trail forks, right fork takes you to a good tenting area with good water source.
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Hannegan Pass, great place to rest up and enjoy views.
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Then take middle fork from pass which takes us to the Copper Ridge Trail.
Photos from here tell story of our hike towards and on Copper Ridge.
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At this spot, trail forks... left go Copper Ridge Trail, right go Pacific Crest ? Also a bear cache for storage here.
*It looks like garbage box and is not *
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Giant Mushrooms, and found plenty along this trail and up on the first bump on the open ridge.
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Great.....Forest Trail and getting some views..
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Our Lunch spot with plenty of good views....
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Heaading back........
Ridge to our north, west
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Looking back on trail we have returned so far...
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There was some pretty flowers in a small area, sidehill on our return
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Dry exposed ravine area...
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There are areas of mature climax old forests; big trees.
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Hannegan Valley.. & Mount Ruth, looking back
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Air Photo google showing hiking area.............
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ALL TRAILS TOPOG MAPS:

1. Full Trail, Hannegan Pass TH to Copper Ridge Trail - Egg Lake
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2. Hannegan Pass to Egg Lake section.
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Hiking is what keeps you young of mind and heart. When the going gets tough, the tough get going..............

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