Explore the most popular backpacking trails near Marblemount with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

11 days ago

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

15 days ago

Recommend snow shoes, poles, and spikes to attempt trappers. Still snow everywhere, lake frozen over.

This is not an out and back as the previous poster said. It is a good loop if you connect it with Ross lake.

This was a very beautiful trail offered breath taking views everyday of our trip. It is not the most used or maintained trail and is over grown in parts. I would also say that it is more than moderate, it was difficult trek in August with limited water sources.

This one looks good on paper but is actually tedious, dry in long stretches with mixed, mediocre views and leaves you unsatisfied. Use your valuable time to a different loop.

cool, above tree line hike

5 months ago

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.

8 months ago

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.

VIEWS! This day hike exceeded expectations. Plenty of water along the trail this day in early Sept. Saw a mountain goat, marmots, and pika, etc. A lot of full sun exposure, so come prepared for that. Stopped at Sahale, did not feel comfortable crossing to go to Quinn Sabe.

Don't do Devil's Dome as an out and back! A trail follows Ross lake all the way to the trailhead and is much shorter/easier

Gorgeous views!! Make sure you fill your water at North Fork because when we went (end of Aug) there wasnt any water source from North Fork to after Devil's Dome.

9 months ago


9 months ago

Hiked this trail with my 11 and 13 year old daughters starting at the Colonial Creek Campground. Find the entrance and parking near the amphitheater of that campground. It is well marked with bathrooms near the parking. The trail has small elevation gains and we hiked to McAllister Campground. It is about a 6-7 mile hike with overall elevation gain, but really much more up and down terrain. There are a few wood bridges and small fording of streams through the hike. The terrain is beautiful with most of the hike through forested areas which move parallel to the creek, but you can't see the creek the majority of the trail. Once you reach McAllister campground, it is really beautiful with a bridge that inexplicably has only one guardrail! A little scary for the girls if there is traffic on the bridge over the fast moving Thunder Creek, but really beautiful campgrounds there. The campgrounds are far apart so there is ample privacy. Flies were the main bugs there more so than mosquitoes. Others mentioned they saw signs of bears, but we didn't. Pit toilets are present at various sites at the campground. Overall a really nice trail and campsite!

Mother. Fucking. Mosquitos. And flies. Probably the lone reason it went from five to four stars. We knew about the mosquitos going in. Mosquito brothels every mile, I'm assuming because of the beautiful streams/falls coming from the mountain. Bought some great deep woods repellent, should have gone 100% deet. Also the horse flies. They bite. There was a constant buzzing all the way to the top of Trappers Peak, and then once at the top there was silence from the buzzing, kind of.

Other than that, it was a great hike. I wish we made it in time to snag a camping pass (there are only three available) but we hit traffic and were too late.

The trail was a little overgrown to begin with. The first two miles are the easiest, the following three were described as a three mile stair step, which I agree with. Once at the lake view point, you can head right and head up to Trappers Peak, which is a scramble most of the way up. Bits of snow on the way, but the trail is still there, nothing really worth noting, as of 7/22. The views were incredible. We didn't go down to the lake, because of time, I wish we had more of it.

We took some hiking poles up, I definitely recommend. The drive up is a 5 mile drive up a logging road, don't take your car. It's a bumpy drive. When we got back to the truck, six vehicles, including our own were broken into. We reported it to the rangers, they knew about the increase of break-ins, and are working on it. They were great to work with.

Time up for us was three hours to the lake view point, another thirty to Trappers Peak, time down was two hours. We did stop and bathe ourselves of the bug repellent (I went a little crazy with it) in the creek where there's a little log bridge. Take a towel, maybe hide it at the bridge on your way up. It was amazing.

Overall, it was a great hike, with great rewards at the end. Yes, difficult but worth it. A great day hike, and I bet an amazing camping place.

Awesome hike! Some patches of snow here and there but nothing requiring any equipment. The views all along the hike were stunning, switching from one side of the mountain to the other. I totally recommend it! We were planning on going to the camp but it was in the clouds so we stopped at 7000 feet. The view was already amazing!

Hike 10.31.16 breathtaking views even from the parking lot! Made it all the up the switch backs and started on towards the pass up to the glacier but started to snow heavily and came ill-equipped so turned back. Car camped along the road back. Truly beautiful and will be back this summer!

11 months ago

Well maintained trails with some cool wooden bridges. Mild up and down elevation changes the first 6 miles. (Only recorded part of the hike) We camped at a campsite near the river - had a fire pit with a steel cooking surface, which certainly saved us because our propane cooker failed. Plenty of fallen firewood to be gathered. A few mosquitos evening and mornings, not a problem but suggest you bring long pants and something with long sleeves to wear in the evenings. Our dog loved it too!

11 months ago

Such an awesome hike!! Hiked 6 miles in 6 miles back on a beautiful day and took a little over 5 1/2 hours. Completely worth the day!! The path is very narrow at points so if you bring a pet be sure to make space for others that may be on the path too. All-in-all great hike :) will totally do it again!

11 months ago

Multi-night backpack
Trail in good condition
Road suitable for all vehicles
Bugs were not too bad
Snow free

5/25: Hiked into Neve Campground with 7 year old. Had an outdoor latrine, easy stream access, plenty of dry firewood. Just before arriving to neve campground there is a stream across the trail, about 10ft wide ankle deep.

5/26: Left gear at Neve and hiked up 2,000 feet (2.5 miles) to fourth of July Campground for the day. Took almost 4 hours due to the 7yr old. Less than 2 hours coming down. patches of snow were on ground just past the campground. Campground had a latrine and fresh water stream.

5/27: Hiked out. 

Excellent choice for young children, great mountain views, and abundant resources


Monday, May 08, 2017

The trail was a really nice one! This is a great hike earlier in the year (less snow) or later on in summer as hikers choose more aggressive terrain. The first portion is a gentle incline, nothing serious. Trail is very navigable but there are trees down from time to time. Camped at Neve this time around and had a lot of privacy. There were downed trees everywhere but that just made an extra challenge!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Quite a trail! After crossing the bridge, the trail goes on and on through the moss covered forest with ocasional glimpses of the incredible Cascades. Once you get up into Thunder Basin itself, the scenery is astounding. Mounts Logan and Buckner dominate the basin on the south and glaciers descend into the valley on the west side.

Be aware that you need a permit (free) to camp. There are a number of designated areas to camp along the trail. And in the morning, the trail is crowded with wet bushes and plants. Your pants and shoes will be soaked.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Challenging but rewarding at every turn. The view from the base of the glacier was the best I've ever experienced.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Picturesque. Hard hike, but totally worth it.

Friday, June 10, 2016

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

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

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!

Monday, May 02, 2016

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.

rock climbing
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Awesome, rocky summit with 360 degree views of the Cascades. Probably one of the most breathtaking summit views in the Cascades. Met a few fellow climbers on route that completely agreed. Prepare for glacial travel and have the proper equipment. The last pitch to the summit is relatively easy bouldering, but the route is is a bit more challenging. Beware the crevasses! Glissading down the glaciers was also a great time (and quick way to get down). I suggest the crevasse self-rescue courses that are offered using Boston Basin. Very cool and fun learning experiences. Did this last summer... it was incredibly hot once you were off of the glaciers. So, check the weather and prepare accordingly if you plan to camp before summiting.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Trailhead to Trappers Peak. Snow free all the way to the glacier on Triumph as of 10/19.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

I wouldn't rate this trail as difficult at all, moderate at the most. It's stunningly beautiful forest but you'll have to go to Junction Camp to get the views of the mountains. It's well worth the trip!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Pretty cool trail. The first mile or so is all uphill and a lot of pretty steep grade, but the forest around is beautify and calm. The trail levels out and comes around the side of the mountain and begins to descend that side. It begins to switchback steeply again towards the creek. The "creek" seemed more like a rushing river to me. Gorgeously clear blue, it is loud and powerful. There are some spots here by the river where the trail was quite a bit overgrown. It is a neat walk by the creek though.

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