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    Thunder Creek Trail

    Ross Lake National Recreation Area, Washington
    Elevation Gain9,102ft
    Trailhead Elevation1,225ft
    Elevation Min/Max1215/6106ft
    Elevation Start/End1225/1225ft

    Thunder Creek Trail

    Thunder Creek Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Whatcom County and Skagit County, Washington. It is within Ross Lake National Recreation Area and North Cascades National Park. It is 16.1 miles long and begins at 1,225 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 32.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 9,102 feet. Near the trailhead there are drinking waters and a waste disposal. The Tricouni, Thunder Basin Stock, Neve, Skagit Queen, and Thunder camp sites can be seen along the trail. There are also a glacier and a monitoring station along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Fourth of July Trail, Park Creek Trail and Fisher Creek Trail.

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    Ault Field, WA
    Pathfinder | 120 pts
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    Great trail for beginners and intermediate. This trail leades off into some bigger ones. you are not limited in distance with the right equipment. i'm going up there this weekend (august 25th) to enjoy the summer view fo the trees and the river.
    Doleway, AL
    Trailblazer | 5056 pts
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    Thunder Creek is a good hike, especially for beginners looking to increase their strength for future, more strenous hikes. I have done this hike many times and always find it enjoyable and the tast of the purified water is most excellent!

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    Day Hiking: North Cascades (The Mountaineers Books)
    Craig Romano
    "Hike one of the deepest, wildest, and most accessible wilderness valleys in the North Cascades National Park Complex. Let Thunder Creek’s incessant bellowing woo you into this primeval pocket. Enjoy scenic creekside resting posts perfect for whiling away the afternoon. Admire ancient cedars and towering firs and, from holes in the thick forest canopy, gaze out to jagged peaks cloaked in glacial ice. And while the surrounding high country is blanketed in white, enjoy this hike early or late in the season thanks to its low elevation." Read more
    Erik Molvar
    "This trail was originally blazed by prospectors bound for the gold-bearing veins along Skagit Queen Creek. A number of hard-rock claims were staked, shafts were blasted into the mountainsides, and by 1905 the first of a series of mining consortiums was in" Read more
    Day Hiking: North Cascades (The Mountaineers Books)
    Craig Romano
    "From popular Colonial Creek Campground in the Ross Lake National Recreation Area, this short and easy hike takes off for a promontory high above manmade Diablo Lake. A series of overlooks along the way allows you to admire the surrounding majestic North Cascades summits hovering above, or to marvel at the blue-green waters of the glacier-fed lake twinkling below. Thunder Knob makes a perfect family-friendly hike if you’re camping below, or a great leg stretcher if you’re traveling through on the North Cascades Highway. The trail is all accessible too, meaning outdoor lovers confined to wheelchairs can also enjoy this hike. And due to its low elevation, it rarely snows on the knob, allowing for winter rambling in the heart of the North Cascades National Park Complex." Read more
    Susan Elderkin
    "The North Cascades are known for their verticality. Many of the tallest peaks in the state are here, and this makes it difficult to find kid-friendly hikes. The easily scaled Thunder Knob is an exception, with a superhighway of a trail built at an even grade to its flattish top. In less than 2 miles of vigorous but well-paced hiking, you’ll find yourself perched above turquoise Diablo Lake and ringed by a flank of seemingly impenetrable peaks." Read more
    Erik Molvar
    "This wheelchair-accessible trail offers a gentle climb through the trees to reach the top of a wooded promontory above Diablo Lake. The path is rarely far from the highway except near its end, and road noise is a periodic intrusion along most of the route" Read more

    Trail Information

    Ross Lake National Recreation Area
    Nearby City
    North Cascades National Park
    Trail Guides

    Day Hiking: North Cascades


    Day Hiking: North Cascades


    Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington

    Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
    Moderate to Difficult
    Skill Level
    North Cascades National Park
    Local Contacts
    Green Trails, Diablo No. 48
    Local Maps

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