Aug 06, 2011
- Type of Outing
- Day hike
- Read More in our Hiking Guide
- Hike: Thorp Mountain
- Region: Snoqualmie Pass -- Salmon La Sac/Teanaway
- Agency: Cle Elum Ranger District
- Trails: Thorp Mountain (#1315.2)
- Avg Rating: 3.67
- Why You Should Go Now
- Wildflowers blooming
- Be Aware Of
- No water source
The road is in fair condition; washboardy on the main road, and brushy and a bit rocky on the spur road. From Roslyn, continue on the main road 12 miles and turn left onto French Creek Road at the end of the lake; French Creek Road is well-signed (“you can’t miss it"). Drive 4 miles to a spur road signed “Knox Creek trail.” Drive about 2.5 miles to a wide spot which doubles as a parking lot – see trailhead on your right, up a meadowed slope.
Plenty of flowers still; the lower portion of the trail might be spent within a week or so; the upper portion of the trail is in full-bloom and many more to come. In fact, there’s a small snowpatch across the trail (very small) and glacier lilies are still blooming. So odd for this trail in August! And there was a constant cold wind, making it a great day for me (I hate temps over 73).
Trail notes: the beginning of the trail could use some treadwork – it’s sloughed in places, and very narrow – the vegetation obscures the edge of the trail – hopefully people realize that’s air, and not earth under that veg! 5 or 6 trees down, none difficult to negotiate.