Backpack - Thunder Creek


Backpack - Thunder Creek

This easy 12 mile round trip backpack is one of the North Cascades' premier forest hikes, with groves of big trees, occasional views of North Cascades' peaks and glaciers, a thundering creek, and seasonally abundant wildflowers. Well behaved dogs are welcome (the leader will be bringing his dog).

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  • Sat, Apr 18, 2015 — Sun, Apr 19, 2015
  • Foothills Backpacking Committee
  • Backpacking
  • Singles, 20-30 Somethings, Retired Rovers, Adults
  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 13.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 600 ft


Although open to all club members over age 18, this trip is also part of the B3 backpacking Building Blocks series and eligible for B3 course credit. In addition, this backpack will have a practical instructional/learning focus and offer experience in proper gear use and camp set-up techniques.

On Saturday, starting at the southern end of the south parking area in Colonial Creek campground, travel from Thunder Arm of Diablo Lake along Thunder Creek 6 miles to McAllister Camp.  Camp there.  Optional evening dayhike farther up the trail once camp has been set up.  On Sunday, pack up camp and hike back to the trailhead.

This is a dog-friendly trip and the leader will bring his dog.  Contact the leader if you would like to bring a dog.  

Recommended Maps:  Green Trails Diablo Dam No. 48, Green Trails McGregor Mtn No. 81, Green Trails Mt Logan No. 49, Trails Illustrated North Cascades  National Park 


Thunder Creek

  • Green Trails Diablo Dam No. 48

    Green Trails Mt Logan No. 49

    Green Trails McGregor Mtn No. 81

    Trails Illustrated North Cascades National Park
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials plus overnight gear which may include:

  • Tent with footprint/ground tarp
  • Stove and fuel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Water filter
  • Bear canister or extra stuff sack and cord designated for hanging food
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
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