Thunder Creek


Backpack - Thunder Creek

Early season backpack with big trees, pale green glacial silt-filled rushing creek, lush understory in North Cascades National Park.

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  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 8.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,700 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 2,100 ft
  • Pace: 2 mph

We will meet at the Thunder Creek Trailhead on Friday, April 29th at 11:00 am.  It’s a long drive and many good reasons to consider carpooling.  I’ll send out a link to coordinate carpooling if desired about a week in advance of the trip.

Short and relatively flat (2 miles, 600 feet elevation gain) to Thunder Camp.  After setting up camp, we’ll continue additional hiking with lighter packs. Depending on weather and trail conditions  (snow, blowdowns) and group preference, we will hike with lighter packs to McAllister Camp (8 miles RT, 1000 feet elevation) or hike to Fourth of July Pass (4.5 miles RT, 2000 feet elevation).  See this WTA trip report to get a flavor of this trip and options.

North Cascades National Park winter permit required – leader will acquire this in advance of trip.

Gaia map to Thunder Creek camp. Map shows additional hike options.

Weather NOAA forecast

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Feel free to reach out to me at should you have any questions or concerns.  I’ll send out an email with additional trip details about a week prior to our trip.


Thunder Creek

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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials plus overnight gear which  includes:

  • Tent with footprint/ground tarp
  • Sleeping bag and sleeping pad
  • Stove and fuel + cooking/eating items
  • Bear canister (I have 2 extra should anyone wish to borrow)
  • Water purification
  • Toilet paper, shovel and bag to carry out toilet paper/wipes. Pit toilet available at Thunder Camp.
Trip Reports