Thunder Mountain Hike
Thunder Mountain via Tunnel Creek Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail is a stellar hike, sometimes ranked by users as one of their favorites in the state. This 20.3 km trail is rated as hard and poles are recommended. Microspikes are also recommended near shoulder season. Expect light to moderate traffic.
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Route Description for Thunder Mountain Hike
Thunder Mountain via Tunnel Creek Trail and the PCT is a spectacular hike. While it’s a long, tough one, the elevation gain is fairly gradual until the end and the views will keep you distracted. Poles are definitely recommended for this trek.
Begin from the trailhead. You’ll hike up along a creek past Hope Lake and a small tarn. You’ll climb into a series of small plateaus and bowls on the PCT before reaching Trap Lake, which is accessible on a spur trail. This first half of the hike is the hardest. After the lake, stay left on the ridge and continue to the tarns near the summit of Thunder Mountain. From here, you’ll retrace your steps to the trailhead once you’re ready.
Getting to the Thunder Mountain Hike Trailhead
The trailhead for Thunder Mountain is off National Forest Development Road 6095.
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