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    Fourth of July Pass via Thunder Creek

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    15.0 km
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    760 m
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    Fourth of July Pass via Thunder Creek

    Fourth of July Pass via Thunder Creek is a moderate hike used by both day hikers and backpackers. It’s lightly trafficked and 15.0 km in length, making for a nice, quiet mid-distance trek. Some hikers don’t feel the views from the pass are necessarily worth the effort and some love them, but all love the super-quiet backcountry spots and the chance to get away from the crowds. Come try it for yourself and see.

    This trail offers lots of tree coverage, making it a good choice for hot days.

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    Route Description for Fourth of July Pass via Thunder Creek

    Fourth of July Pass is most often accessed by way of Thunder Creek. This hike is not too busy and it offers views of the surrounding mountains from under the trees. There are lovely camping spots and good places to enjoy your lunch on the trail.

    This route occasionally suffers from downed trees, and although they’re periodically cleared, you may need to navigate around recent blowdown.

    Begin from the road leading southeast of the campground. You’ll hike a mostly flat path along Thunder Creek for two miles. About a third of a mile past the bridge, go left onto the Fourth of July Pass Trail.

    You’ll now begin to gain elevation more aggressively, climbing around 610 m in about 4.0 km. The end of the climb sees you arrive at Fourth of July Camp. Look out over Colonial Peak, Snowfield Peak, and Neve Glacier. Take a moment to rest here before continuing on to the pass.

    You’ll only need to hike another almost-mile to the pass at 1,097 m and it’s a gradual trek to get there. Enjoy even better views here. Once you’re done, you’ll retrace your steps back to the trailhead on the same route you came up on.

    Getting to the Fourth of July Pass via Thunder Creek Trailhead

    The trailhead for Fourth of July Pass via Thunder Creek is at the south end of Colonial Creek Campground.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground

      Fourth of July Camp, Thunder Camp

    • When to do


    • Pets allowed


    • Family friendly


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    • Crowd Levels


    • Route Type

      Out and back

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