Thunder Knob Trail

Newhalem, Washington

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This short, well-constructed new trail goes to breathtaking viewpoints. The grade is so gentle that, if it were paved, it could be a barrier-free trail. Children can look down on Thunder Arm with its unearthly turquoise water and across to enormous glaciated peaks and spires, from three sitting areas at the summit of Thunder Knob. They will dream of paddling a canoe on the still waters or climbing these surrounding mountains someday. The campground is divided by the highway. Begin by walking into the north side of Colonial Creek Campground. The road is frequently gated. Following the trail signs, stay right where the road divides, and walk pavement past campsites one through ten. Beyond the tenth campsite the road was ripped up and covered by gravel and boulders when Colonial Creek flooded in 2003. The trail crosses two of the deepest flood channels on large logs before entering the forest and crossing the original channel on a well-constructed bridge.
Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

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Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

by Joan Burton (The Mountaineers Books)

This short, well-constructed new trail goes to breathtaking viewpoints. The grade is so gentle that, if it were paved, it could be a barrier-free trail. Children can look down on Thunder Arm with its unearthly turquoise water and across to enormous glaciated peaks and spires, from three sitting areas at the summit of Thunder Knob. They will dream of paddling a canoe on the still waters or climbing these surrounding mountains someday.

The campground is divided by the highway. Begin by walking into the north side of Colonial Creek Campground. The road is frequently gated. Following the trail signs, stay right where the road divides, and walk pavement past campsites one through ten. Beyond the tenth campsite the road was ripped up and covered by gravel and boulders when Colonial Creek flooded in 2003. The trail crosses two of the deepest flood channels on large logs before entering the forest and crossing the original channel on a well-constructed bridge.

©  Joan Burton/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Newhalem
Distance: 3.5
Elevation Gain: 625 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day hike
Season: Year round
Trailhead Elevation: 1,200 feet
Top Elevation: 1,825 feet
Local Contacts: North Cascades National Park
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 48 Diablo Dam; USGS Diablo Dam; North Cascades National Recreation Area map
Driving Directions: Directions to Thunder Knob Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

10/15/2011
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8/12/2009
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This is nice hike through evergreen forest to a wonderful view of Diablo Lake far below. The trail rises 650 feet over two miles. Since the climb is steady over the entire two miles it is really not noticeable. Wonderful views of the North Cascade range from different viewpoints. Highly recommended



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