Backpack to Fourth of July Pass from Thunder Creek

Rate this Adventure Washington Thunder Creek Trailhead

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.

Pack List

  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Water
  • Camera
  • Hiking Poles
  • Freeze Dried Meals (or another form of food)
  • Para cord (or another means to tie up food away from camp)
  • Warm Clothing
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Backpacking, Camping, Hiking

Skill Level:



Spring, Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:



11.2 Miles

Elev. Gain:

2400 Feet


Easy Parking

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Added by Hali Kippola

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