Apr 29, 2012
- Type of Outing
- Read More in our Hiking Guide
- Hike: Thunder Creek
- Region: North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway
- Agency: North Cascades National Park Visitors Center (Newhalem)
- Avg Rating: 3.50
- Why You Should Go Now
- Wildflowers blooming
- Be Aware Of
- Water on trail
Weather was pretty phenomenal, almost all sunshine and warmth, lucky us! Trip up to McAllister Camp was pretty uneventful save for the final stream crossing. Volume on the stream is high, and crossing at the trail junction was not feasible without wading through the water. We crossed instead on a large tree just below the trail. The footing was good and the tree didn't move, but go slowly and use good judgement.
As weather continues to warm and flow increases some of the other crossings may get a bit trickier/wetter, so a pair of water shoes might not be a bad idea.
Still a number of blowdowns which require various methods of passing, but virtually no snow on the trail. The little snow we encountered was well trod and melting quickly. No snow at McAllister either, campsites were clear and toilets exposed.
There were at least two other parties camping there, and a couple other day hikers that passed us on the trail both days.
Trip back was pleasant. Crossed the tricky stream a couple hours earlier, but flow still too high. Trillium starting to bloom along the trail! Back to the cars around 2:10pm.