Thunder Mountain Spur Trail

Eldorado National Forest, California

Elevation Gain2,364ft
Trailhead Elevation7,943ft
Elevation Min/Max7941/9402ft
Elevation Start/End7943/7943ft
Thunder Mountain Spur Trail is a hiking trail in Amador County, California. It is within Eldorado National Forest. It is 3.9 miles long and begins at 7,943 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,364 feet. The Thunder Mountain Trailhead parking is near the trailhead. Two Sentinels (elevation 8,665 feet) and Glove Rock (elevation 9,360 feet) can be seen along the trail. There is also a meadow along the trail. The trail ends near Thunder Mountain (elevation 9,400 feet). This trail connects with the following: Castle Point Trail.

Thunder Mountain Spur Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"An incredible 360-degree vista from a 9,408-foot summit should sound intriguing, especially if the trail to that summit is relatively short and not too steep. The Thunder Mountain Trail
seems to fit the bill, gaining only 1,775 feet in a little over 4 miles.

The view from the top lives up to its billing: a sweeping panorama that extends from the peaks of Lake Tahoe to the mountains of Yosemite. Despite these positive attributes, the trail receives less use than you would expect."

"An incredible vista from a 9408-foot summit should sound intriguing, especially if the trail to that summit is only 2.75 miles long, has an elevation gain less than 1000 feet, and is accessible from a major highway.

If that sounds too good to be true, think again, for such is the case with the Thunder Mountain Trail. Despite these positive attributes, the trail sees less use than you might imagine."

"Look for a clear day to hike through this volcanic terrain up to spectacular vistas overlooking Silver Lake, the Mokelumne Wilderness, the Desolation Wilderness, and Kirkwood Meadows.

The trail winds steadily up about 1,500 feet through huge, sloping meadows full of wildflowers and often thick stands of pine and fir. This trail takes you to Amador County’s unnamed high point with the namesake peak as a lower and farther alternate."

Thunder Mountain Spur Trail Reviews

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This is a fantastic hike. The trail is mainly soft dirt and is a steady climb. Easy on your knees with the gradual grade. The scenery is beautiful, the trail is easy to follow and the views are spectacular. We had to stop about 150 feet from the top due to snow, but it was well worth the trek. We had lunch on a side mountain, thimble peak. Can't wait to take other hikers up to this jewel above silver lake.
A very cool hidden trail off Hwy 88 past Kirkwood Resort. Bring your dog, your Horse, or your Mountain Bikes. It's a moderate up hill trail through the trees with a small switchback. A lot of fallen trees along the trail, but the scenery is worth it! At the top it looks down on Kirwood Lake on one side and the Kirwood Valley on the other side. Check out my pics.
Did this hike during the wildflower season and the flowers and views were spectacular. Started at the charming Kit Carson Lodge and from there went up the Horse Canyon Trail and at the 2nd creek went up the big meadow to Thunder Mountain and from there proceeded north on the new loop trail which crosses Hwy 88 at the Carson Spur. The new loop trail is well engineered and provides a great round trip. Bring plenty of water.

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Trail Information

Eldorado National Forest
Nearby City
Eldorado National Forest

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Jun 2018