hiking
blowdown
closed
9 days ago

The Campground is closed due to COVID-19 at the moment however you can park right across the road and walk to the trail from there. That also made the trail very quite and secluded which was a treat it also made it a little less maintained there were a few tree downs but, all easily maneuvered. We did Thunder Creek to 4th of July Pass, we made it most of the way and saw no snow. It seems if we had continued to trek further up that we would have had an impressive view of several glaciers. There were also no Bears or signs of any but, still Cascades National Park so be aware and bring proper equipment. There a few campgrounds along the way to 4th of July pass if you are looking for a nice overnight. There are a couple of trails that connect back there after 4th of July Pass so you can pick any length you would like.

backpacking
9 months ago

Great trail! Parked at Colonial Camp ground, walked through the RV camping area to find the trailhead and more parking(whoops). Camped at Neve Camp, we didn't want to be too far in since this was our very first backpack camping trip ever! Glad I chose Neve Camp instead of Thunder Camp when I got our backcountry permit at the ranger station, had to choose one or the other then. Neve Camp had much more space and was located practically on the creek whereas Thunder Camp was smaller, tighter and farther from the creek,but not by a whole lot. Did not see any bears or even any sign of bears. Overall distance for us was 5.4miles. Also a huge perk, when getting backcountry permit at ranger station, they offer free bear canister rentals! Will definitely be going back to try out some of the farther camp sites!

hiking
10 months ago

Unfortunately I didn't get to do this whole trail for a couple of reasons, but I did go several miles in and what I did do was pretty easy and fun. There's a river to walk next to or to even go up to for some of it, which is always great. I went a little past where the bridge crosses the river and then had to turn around. I'd love to go farther if I ever go back to the North Cascades since I know it leads to some great views even though it gets more difficult along the way.

hiking
10 months ago

what an awesome place! going back in a couple weeks, and hopefully many more trips!

Did this hike with my 77 year old dad and 7 year old twin boys last week. The trail was amazingly well maintained. I had bug spray but forgot to put it on, and didn’t get a single bite; mosquitoes usually flock to me like ants to a picnic. Word to the wise: pick a number of oz of water that you think is way too high and then double that, and you’ll probably have slightly less than what you need. I cajoled my boys through the forest and meadows (0.5% downhill, 0.5% flat-ish, and 99% steep incline) with a series of bribes, which I later regretted. Because: we came over that final crest of the meadows and saw the lookout off in the distance, and while I darned near broke down in tears, they shouted “LOOKOUT!” and took off SPRINTING up the hill. We were greeted at the lookout by Jim, quite possibly the nicest employee of the NPS ever, and the views and wildflowers were nothing short of spectacular. The boys are already talking about a repeat trip next year...I guess I’d better get my training hikes on.

hiking
rocky
10 months ago

It was incredibly steep, but so worth it!! Saw slugs, heard a woodpecker, lots of chipmunks! Be sure to bring plenty of water!!!

hiking
11 months ago

My friend and I had an amazing time on this scenic and pleasant trail. We made it to Junction camp which is well worth the elevation gain for great views of Tricouni Peak. The trail is well maintained without any snow. And there are some great lunch spots along the way, including cool pools for dunks. Great shoulder season trail while we wait for the higher elevations to clear snow.

Hiked from TC TH to 4th or July and set up camp. That segment is pretty straightforward, with a few mountain views and stream crossings. It's about another ~6 miles to the northern tip of Panther and the time goes by fast because of the gorgeous scenery. The trail has about 2 snow patches and a few spots that don't align with the all trails map but corrects itself quickly. I had a hard time believing this trail was 4k+ elevation gain but I guess that's a testament to how nice the hike is!

hiking
Mon May 06 2019

Trail was well maintained. Great hike for beginning of the season.

bridge out
Mon Apr 01 2019

Most of the snow has melted. The last mile was a trek through 12" snow but was doable.. great early season overnight. NOTE: The bridge to McCallister campsite is destroyed & washed away. There is no safe way there get to the camp site. You will have to continue another mile for a campsite or head back towards the trail head.

hiking
Sun Mar 31 2019

Great hike but doesn’t really have an end point nearby. We hiked out 6 miles and turned around for a 12 mile total hike. Saw thunder creek which was gorgeous, and stepped over many other streams that fed down the hillside into the creek. Passed a gorgeous waterfall via a bridge about 3 miles in. There are also peeks at what I think what colonial mountain through the trees. I loved this hike- not hard at all so you could bring family and kids along. At the end of the day we camped at colonial campground on the gorgeous lakefront. Great weekend!

hiking
Sun Dec 16 2018

This trail (Thunder Creek Trail) is an easy one, mostly flat. You can do the shorter Thunder Knob trail that goes towards the Diablo lake. Either way, do not miss the 5 min drive up to the Diablo Lake Vista Point!

wonderful trail

5/28/18. to the border and back, East Bank trail to Lightning Creek to Hozomeen lake trail: 70 miles round trip of serious hiking with a heavy pack. Some things to look out for: east bank trail has quite a few trees over it, but passable. the creek crossing at Roland campground you either have to go boots off and knee deep or look upstream and you will see a log going over 10' above the creek. be careful, this is just a log and not flattened; scootch across and don't run the risk. before the first footbridge east bank hugs the cliff face beware of a place where the trail has fallen off to a pylon log below. there are holes in the dirt between the log and where the trail used to be so use caution as you get across, the soil is very loose. from there it's smooth sailing through the foot bridges to lightning creek. lightning creek trail is deceivingly difficult. the climb is much longer and higher than what you would think with lots of dicey goat trail cliffside sections when you get near the top. the decent on the backside to deer lick cabin is smoother, but a fairly quick decent so be sure your shins and knees are ready for it. watch for the trail to cut to a bridge before you get to deer lick cabin. it's boarded up which kind of sucked because it would be a great place to rest after the wicked climb lightning creek trail tuned out to be. if you can push it get to nightmare camp, it looked cool even though I didn't stop. everything is smooth past the lakes, no time to stop in but I plan to one day. no rangers or border patrol up at Hozomeen campground, just a bunch of cool Canadians having a good time. stayed at international point campground for a day, which is a nice clean car/RV style grounds. tooled around the Skagit side then headed back all the way to the trailhead with a stop overnight at lodgepole on the lake. all in all it was an awesome trip. I would rate it as semi-difficult.

large parking lot at trail head. Black bear was blocking trail about 2 miles in, standing over whatever it was eating and squared up to our group of four. After a very brief staring contest, we backed off and returned to trail head. Best part of trail was that it's flat and shaded - good for covering ground on a hot or rainy day.

on Thunder Creek Trail

hiking
Thu Aug 02 2018

July 19, 2018: This is a nice walk but leaves you feeling like you should have gotten more bang for your buck. We did about six hours on the trail with an 11- and 13-year old, covering about 16-17 km round trip. Overall the trail is fairly flat, but I rolled my ankle a couple of times on rocks or roots—we were wearing running shoes. At the beginning the trail seems like it had a lot of potential as the river is near by, but after the 4th of July trail turn off, the trail stays under the canopy of trees and out of view of the river, although you can hear it. About 6-7 km in, there’s a couple views of the mountains overhead. The variety of plants is outstanding, but there was rarely a peep from birds. The little streams you cross along the way are nice and provide a great place to stop and enjoy a sandwich. My wife thinks we should have taken 4th of July as the park trail pamphlet suggests that it is the trail with the views.

Nice wooded walk. But not a whole lot to see. We were going to go up 4th of July but visibility was poor so we did this instead

Great trail with amazing views. Had two bear sightings in the first 10 miles. There are a number of downed trees currently obstructing the trail. There are also a number of Creek crossings, some of which are a little more iffy than others nothing was impassable or too bad as long as you're careful though. Elevation gain is easy, I'm guessing the rating is just because of how long the trail is.

backpacking
Thu Jul 19 2018

Just backpacked to Thunder Camp and day Hiked to Fourth of July Camp via Fourth of July Pass and McAllister Camp via Thunder Creek. We’re some bears in the area but trails are well kept

Wonderful valley pass hike through refreshing forest along powerful rivers. A few beautiful mountain viewpoints, the best being at Fourth of July Pass, and plenty of strenuous up down up down hiking along Panther Creek. The trail is maintained by boots from other hikers, so it can be a bit tricky to follow at times, but if you have a good eye for following trails you will be fine. The most difficult part of the trail to follow was near the waterfall after Fourth of July Pass where there is a bit of a scramble. I marked the trail with a cairn where the vegetation ends and the rocky river scramble begins, but just make note of where the trail ends/begins when you enter that area. There were some mosquito, but I didn't need any insect repellent and only got a few bites. Most of the hike is in forest along powerful rivers, but there are some parts more exposed to the sun, especially on the ascent to the Fourth of July Pass from Thunder Creek. There are individual campsites scattered along this trail. The beginning of the trail is popular with day hikers, but that ends around Fourth of July Pass and then it's just you and the forest river valley.

backpacking
Mon Jun 25 2018

Only negative about our 4 night, 5 day adventure was people. Very crowded 2 night stay at lightning creek complete with uptight powertripping stay at home moms who thought they were entitled to the best spots. Had a magical final evening at Hozomeen lake all by ourselves. Reserved a 200 dollar water taxi to take us back within 5 mi of hwy 20 where we were parked. I highly recommend this as a first time backpacking trip.

Backpacked to 4th of July Pass via Thunder Creek trail. Very clean and scenic trail.

Backpacked out to Roland Creek campground (about 7 miles in) and back, pretty unimpressive to be honest. It starts out pretty nice, but fades to generic green tunnel with no vantages, distinctive features, or anything of note really for the majority of the hike, although Roland Creek itself at the end is nice. That said, it looks like the trail might get a bit better if you go a bit farther than I did.

backpacking
Sun Jun 17 2018

Backpacked to Rainbow Point. Goes through a lot of forest but it’s worth it

backpacking
Sun Jun 17 2018

I backpacked to Junction it was great

Great early season trail. Lots of down trees but nothing too gnarly. Don’t blow your ACL

Made the mistake of starting this trail during the hottest part of the day in July. This hike is no joke! We had to turn around half a mile from the summit as we didn’t Bring enough water and one member of our group was getting very ill. One member of our group did make it to the top and said the views of the sun setting into the mountains that stretched far into Canada were absolutely stunning.

hiking
Sun Dec 17 2017

great easy hike and you can pick your distance. I was sick and recovering from an ear infection (drove into concrete for medical) and didn't have the energy to do much. just a few miles out n back in tennis shoes...very easy and pretty. apparently someone started a forest fire at one of the camps so it was closed earlier in the week. anyone can do this walk.

backpacking
Tue Sep 12 2017

We hiked this trail over the Labor Day weekend. Trail was in great condition. The elevation gain to our final campsite was tough on the knees. We camped in a clearing with beautiful mountain views with cascading waterfalls. 10.3 miles to our campsite.

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