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"The North Cascades are Calling!" Less than three hours from Seattle, an alpine landscape beckons. Discover communities of life adapted to moisture in the west and recurring fire in the east. Explore jagged peaks crowned by more than 300 glaciers. Listen to cascading waters in forested valleys. Witness a landscape sensitive to the Earth's changing climate. Help steward the ecological heart of the Cascades.

backpacking
10 days ago

on Thunder Knob Trail

11 days ago

backpacking
29 days ago

Great hike, a few elevation gains and drops but overall very mild. Most of the trail is under cover in the Forrest with periodic lookouts. Later in the year the streams for water along the way are dried up until mile 7. Semi-easy, our friends took a small corgi and she made it just fine.

Very pretty hike!

So dissapointed in this hike. the views from the parking lot or even driving around the lake are better. I would never recommend this to anyone, hike up to the top, have a little view point, then you hike back down the other side to the lake for not much, only to see a dam. If you are going to do that, i recommend timing it with the ferry since we would have had to wait 3 hours for the ferry so we made the awful hike back up.

Best day trail we've done since I've come up to the area. make sure you reach the bottom at the end and take a couple (very. . .very short) swims. From what I've heard the water is glacier fed. From what I felt, I believe it! We got lazy after swimming and took the ferry back... be sure to bring cash (10 per person) if you want to take the boat back!

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

I took my eleven year old son and my 3 year old lab. Perfect length and elevation gain for minimal complaining. :) beautiful view of the lake from the top. Well maintained trail.

2 months ago

a good climb! The old growth timber was awesome!

Nice, easier hike with not too much elevation change. We did it as a second hike of the day and had no problems, minus getting lost at the Ross Dam end thinking there would be a lookout. A few good views of the lake and surrounding mountains, but by far not the best hike in the area.

backpacking
3 months ago

Picturesque. Hard hike, but totally worth it.

hiking
3 months ago

It definitely had some great views, at times. However skip this of you want to separate yourself from all things manmade. It is a good hike for beginners and those with so so knees. Very mild elevation gain.

Quite the challenge, but worth it. The views are amazing, and the lake at the end is jaw dropping.

hiking
3 months ago

The Thunder Knob trail presents a cool, relatively easy trail with a consistent but gradual incline, and results in some rather grand views of an already pristine area.

The trail begins at the north loop of the Colonial Creek campground. It immediately takes you over and across Colonial Creek, which with the recent late Spring thaws, was rather powerful. After crossing the creek you're taken through a gorgeous old growth forest and eventually you start to climb various hillocks and rises until you reach the trail's end.

At one point about halfway through there is an absolutely gorgeous promontory, looking out against Colonial Peak and a heavily wooded valley. It's an ideal resting place for sure.

Eventually, the trail dips down past the hidden Thunder Lake (which is really a long pond), and rises up again to end at the eponymous Thunder Knob, which overlooks Diablo Lake. Rest here and absorb all that this perfect vision of nature has to offer, and then return to the trailhead, knowing that the way back is much, much easier.

backpacking
3 months ago

We hiked in and camped at Mcallister, approx 6.5 ish miles in! There's some incline, but fairly easy terrain, I would rate moderate mostly because of the distance and some of the log crossings. It was a beautiful home, thunder creek lives up to its name!

Good trail, roughly 6 miles in there were too many trees down on the trail for me to attempt to navigate. Turned back and camped at Neve camp after that.

5 months ago

lost...did not finish