48 – Hannigan Pass Road

Well into Spring at sea level, winter holds on longer in our mountains. With snow capped peaks visible from the waterfront, I long to hit the trails in the high country – and that is exactly where we headed for this hike. Setting off along the Mount Baker Highway (#542) with several trail options in mind, we would hike up the Hannigan Pass Road. But if the snow was too high there, we could go back for a hike near the Douglas Fir Campground, or we could follow a trail near the Nooksack River by Nugent’s Corner. We had checked road and trail conditions online here – http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/mbs/home/?cid=stelprdb5150431 – before leaving home. They were a couple of weeks old, and we knew that conditions change fast this time of year. All was dependent on the snow level – once there. Our first stop was the Glacier Public Service Center for a map.

Glacier Public Service Center – Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest

There was no snow at the Public Service Center, so we continued on to the Hannigan Pass Road (#32). Driving only as far as the first bridge along the Hannigan Pass Road though, we ran into snow, so turned around. Parking at the Shuksan Picnic Area, we decided to hike in.

Shuksan Picnic Area – parking for Hannigan Pass Road

For only about the first half mile, we trekked through a foot of snow, then the snow cleared and we continued gaining in elevation. We paused at this waterfalls along the trail.

By the waterfalls . . . along the trail

Our route cut through the forest following the North Fork of the Nooksack River, then Ruth Creek, passing very familiar trailheads.

(Pic by Kent) Me . . . Along the trail

At times our trail was bare, yet other times, there was a couple of feet of snow to trudge through.

Happy, happy . . . along the trail

What fun we had in the sunshine!

Sun dog . . . viewed from along the trail

Filled with outstanding scenery and majestic mountain views as if a preview for the beautiful high-country yet to be explored, go here – http://youtu.be/VEljgW_6-K4 – to see our YouTube video of even more photos from this hike.

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From bubbles . . .

Bubbles . . . along the trail

. . . to picnics . . .

Enjoying the view . . . at our picnic spot along the trail

. . . the Hannigan Pass Road makes a wonderful springtime hike.

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