North Cascades

North Cascades: Hannegan Peak

Hike through forests and past creeks and waterfalls into beautiful alpine meadows with expansive views of the North Cascades mountain peaks including Mt. Baker and Mt. Shuksan. Whether in the up-close details of the wildflowers along the trail or the wide-angle views of the snow-capped peaks in the distance, you’ll feel like you’re walking through a gallery of some of the best the Cascades have to offer on this rewarding backpacking trip.

We provide all needed gear, including boots and clothing if notified 4 weeks ahead of time. Food from lunch on the first day to lunch on the last day is provided. Transportation is provided from the meet location in Edgewood and back.

Middle School

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High School

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Mountains – Wildlife – Views

Difficulty Level

Intermediate: Over 3,000 feet of elevation gain and loss, 10.2 miles over three days, no technical skills needed.


Five days

2023 Schedule:

July 24-28: High School
August 7-11: Middle School

Price: $800 per person

Includes gear rental, food, transportation, and all entrance fees, permits, and passes.

Our mission is to make outdoor recreation accessible to all. If you cannot afford the total trip cost right now, send us a brief message to request a trip discount form.

    Trip Details

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    • Day 1: Gear up day
      • Meet at Sahale Outdoors
      • Gear fitting, classroom, and orientation
      • Camp at trailhead
    • Day 2: Backpack to camp 
    • Day 3: Day hike to Hannegan Peak, or backpack up to peak and spend the night at the summit
    • Day 4: Backpack back to trailhead

    Learning Goals

    • Leave no trace
    • Gear management
    • Plant and wildlife identification
    • Basic backpacking skills such as cooking, campfires, filtering water, first-aid
    • Map reading
    • Local geography
    • Cultural history


    • Meet Location: Edgewood, WA
    • Meet Time: 9 AM
    • Pick-up Location: Edgewood, WA
    • Pick-up Time: Approximately 4-6 PM, guides will reach out to guardians to communicate ETA

    Gear Provided

    • Tent
    • Backcountry sleeping pad
    • Multi-day backpack
    • Sleeping bag
    • All meals from lunch the first day through lunch on the last day
    • All entrance fees, permits and passes 
    • First-aid kit and satellite phone
    • Group kitchen and food service gear
    • Water bottles

    Indigenous Land


    Our ancestors set the rules we live by. It is our job to take care of this land through the ways that have been handed down to us, from generation to generation, so that we can make a better future for our children

    Nooksack Cultural Resources Department

    The Nooksack people have lived along the Nooksack River, from Bellingham Bay to Kweq’ Smánit (Mt. Baker), since time immemorial. There is no record in Nooksack tradition of ever living anywhere else. Their name comes from a place name in their language, and translates to “always bracken fern roots,” illustrating their close ties to the land and the resources that nourish their people.

    The Nooksack have fought hard for their tribal lands and rights, becoming a federally recognized tribe in 1973, a hundred years after they defied attempts to force them to move from the Nooksack Valley to the Lummi Reservation, since they were not granted a reservation in the Point Elliott Treaty of 1855. A major focus of Nooksack tribal programs today is land and resources, with a special emphasis on fishing. Fishing in the Nooksack River and salt water areas is an important source of income and food for many families, as well as being a source of cultural pride and identity. 

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