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).
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."
--Mike White, Afoot & Afield: Tahoe-Reno: 201 Spectacular Outings in the Lake Tahoe Region (Wilderness Press).
"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."
--Mike White, Top Trails Lake Tahoe (Wilderness Press).
"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."
--Jordan Summers, Five-Star Trails: Lake Tahoe: 40 Unforgettable Hikes in the Central Sierra Nevada (Menasha Ridge Press).
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