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Copper Ridge

North Cascades


North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area
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13.9 miles, one-way


Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 6260 ft.


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The Copper Ridge Trail forms part of the popular and iconic Copper Ridge Loop. The trail climbs to a ridge with stunning views before dropping down to the Chilliwack River Valley. To connect with this trail you must first start out on the Hannegan Pass Trail for 5.1 miles, going up and over Hannegan Pass before arriving at the boundary for North Cascades National Park and the official start of the Copper Ridge Trail.

From here start climbing 1,800 feet in just under 5 miles to Copper Mountain Lookout. You’ll pass Egg Lake along the way, one of 3 camps along the ridge (the other two are at Copper Lake and Silesia Lake). You must obtain a backcountry camping permit from the National Park ranger station to stay overnight in this area.

From here the trail continues along the ridge, heading downhill slowly at first then steeply through a series of switchbacks, fording the braiding tributaries of the Chilliwack River before bottoming out at the official end of this trail in the valley. This is where backpackers doing the entire loop will connect to the Chilliwack River Trail


Copper Ridge

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 48.9101, -121.5922 Open map in new window


North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

Hannegan Pass (#674), Copper Ridge Trail (#692)

North Cascades National Park

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Getting There

From I-5 exit 255, go east 34 miles on SR 542. Just past the town of Glacier, stop at the Public Service Center to obtain overnight permits, then continue another 12.7 miles. Turn left onto Hannegan Pass Road #32. At 1.3 miles, stay left on Ruth Creek Road, and drive the final 4 miles to road’s end. There is parking for 30 vehicles plus additional shoulder parking. Trailhead amenities include a vault toilet, shelter, and bearproof garbage bin.


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