Backpack to Fourth of July Pass from Thunder Creek

Thunder Creek Trailhead - Search Nearby - Added by Hali Kippola

Backpack the beautiful Thunder Creek Trail and get amazing views of alpine lakes and mountain peaks.

Starting at the Colonial Creek Campgrounds, the trail starts out fairly flat taking you along Thunder Creek for about two miles to the Fourth of July Pass trail head. Once you reach here, the trail begins to climb.

Beginning with switch backs, the path straightens out for a while before coming to a few more switch backs closer to the top. Along the way there are many openings in the trees to catch views of Colonial Peak, Snowfield Peak and Neve Glacier. Climbing 2000 feet, in 2.5 miles is the Fourth of July pass camp spots. Set up camp here, there are a few flat spots to plant your tent. The pass is less than a mile from here. There is a water source here as well.

Also note, this trail may be accessed from the Panther Creek trailhead further east down Highway 20.

Distance

11.2 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

2400 ft Gain

Type

Out-and-Back

Activities

Camping, Backpacking, Hiking

Easy Parking
Forest
River
Scenic

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We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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