Thunder Creek–Fourth of July Pass


Backpack - Thunder Creek–Fourth of July Pass

We will backpack up to the camp below the pass. We must get a permit from the park to camp there. I have not been there since I was a child, but it is supposed to have gorgeous views. **Please note that I am sometimes out of cell/internet area for a few days so be patient about a response = particularly July 18-22 when I will be in Stehekin area.**

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  • Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 10.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,300 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 4,000 ft
  • Pace: 2 mph

I live in Bothell so we could meet at a park and ride in or around Bothell.  Most don't seem to have a problem with leaving cars overnight, or we could try to squeeze a couple cars into my jammed neighborhood, but please carpool to my house to minimize the cars here.  I've been driving for a lot of activities so being a rider would be awesome this time!!  This hike does not involve dirt road driving so any car can do it.  Let's say 8:30 to avoid some of rush hour.  It's a long drive to Marblemount to get permits; then to the trailhead is even farther.

There is nothing unusual about the trip.  It is steep the final two miles to camp.  Snow should be melted out.  Please note the pacing = I am average paced but tend to keep going except for pictures and other short breaks like clothing adjustments and party seps until we stop for lunch = prefer to get to camp first if at all possible, but we'll see how the time is as I don't expect anyone to get too hungry = so if not close to camp by 12:30, we'll stop for lunch somewhere along the way.  There are supposed to be some beautiful campsites up there so it would be great to get up there to snag those and then explore trails after setting up camp.  Bring reading material just in case.


Thunder Creek–Fourth of July Pass

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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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