CHS - North Cascades Campout - Thornton Lakes

Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series

CHS - North Cascades Campout - Thornton Lakes

CHS1 - North Cascades Campout. The trail starts on an old logging road from the 1960s, then ascends through technicolor green vegetation before descending to a neon blue reflective lake surrounded by evergreen trees and snow-capped mountains.

  • Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 9.46 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,947 ft
  • Pace: 1.5-2.0 mph

We will meet during breakfast to assemble carpools and leave the Lower Goodell Group Campground at 7:30am. It will take about 30 minutes to get to the Thornton Lakes trailhead. We should be on the trail around 8:15am.

Bring bug spray. The mosquitoes might be bad at the lakes.


Thornton Lakes & Trappers Peak

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Ten Essential Systems

  1. Navigation (map & compass)
  2. Sun protection (sunglasses & sunscreen)
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
  5. First-aid supplies
  6. Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candle)
  7. Repair kit and tools
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter (tent/plastic tube tent/garbage bag)

Hiking poles will be helpful and filtration.

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