Fourth of July Pass via Panther Creek Trail

MODERATE 13 reviews

Fourth of July Pass via Panther Creek Trail is a 9.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Marblemount, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until October.

9.3 miles
2,493 feet
Out & Back




nature trips






wild flowers


no dogs

14 days ago

We did this as a day hike up to the Fourth of July pass campground and back. It's a steady and steep switchback climb once you separate from the Panther Creek trailhead. I would not recommend the trip as we did it. The views from the campground were not what we were expecting for the work we put in - beautiful, but mostly obscured by trees. I'd imagine if one was backpacking or doing the entire pass crossing all in one go, the views would be better.

22 days ago

Hiked this trail via Thunder Creek TH. Gorgeous and stately old growth forest welcomes you into the inclines about 2 miles in. Trail is steep but well kept, lightly traveled, and cool with shade from the forest. Peek a boo glimpses of the glacier and a small lake add to its appeal.

25 days ago

Not too bad of trail but if you come through the Panther Creek trail head, expect some brutal switchbacks to start. I also wouldn't choose this route if you have small children as some of the downhill switchbacks are tight and have steep drop offs.

1 month ago

We backpacked 4th of July Pass via Thunder Creek Route. Mild, steady ascent through thick, green forest that initially follows a blue-green river. The trail begins switchbacking up to the pass with a few stream crossings. It gets increasingly more scenic the farther up you go, ending up with great views of surrounding peaks and glacier at the top. Makes for a great day hike or an easy but work-for-your-dinner overnight backpacking trip. Campsites were clean and so was the pit toilet. (A rarity for NPS!) The trail was well-tracked with only one downed tree. Would highly recommend!

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Nice hike, lots of switchbacks, and a bit of snow at the top and some water on the trail but you can find it and go through and down the other side.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Hiked from Thunder Creek Trailhead--12.6 miles total. Nice hike with a consistent uphill climb, peek-a-boo views of the glaciers at the top, it was pretty cloudy when we were up there. When you hit the Fourth of July campground, keep going about half a mile and you'll see a flat rock with a nice view to enjoy your lunch on.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Saturday, September 26, 2015

About 11.2 miles and 2,400-foot elevation gain. The Thunder Arm was closed due to fire activity, so we hiked to Panther Potholes. There are a lot of switchbacks, and only peek-a-boo views. It's very scenic near the lake and creek.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Hiked from Lake Diablo Campgrounds thu to Panther Creek total 12 miles

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Nice hike we chose to hike thu to Panther Creek tailhead. 11.7 miles total.

1 month ago

recorded 4th of July Pass

Monday, June 12, 2017

Sunday, June 11, 2017