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Thunder Mountain Lakes

Central Cascades > Stevens Pass - West
47.7103, -121.1524 Map & Directions
Length
14.5 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
3000 feet
Highest Point
6500 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Hard
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Summits
  • Lakes
  • Rivers
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Established campsites
  • Waterfalls
  • Old growth

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Northwest Forest Pass

Thunder Mountain Lakes are found in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. The area is increasing in popularity, and the lakes are set in a highly sensitive area, so it is important to practice Leave No Trace principles should you decide to visit. Continue reading

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Hiking Thunder Mountain Lakes

Thunder Mountain Lakes are found in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. The area is increasing in popularity, and the lakes are set in a highly sensitive area, so it is important to practice Leave No Trace principles should you decide to visit. 

It's a hard trip because there's no official trail and the route requires scrambling with some exposure and navigation skills to weave through the rocks and cliffs. Remember the area is extremely fragile. Even with limited visitation there are many social trails around the lakes and areas like this are slow to recover from human impacts.

Be sure to only travel and camp on durable surfaces and pack out all your trash.

Thunder Mountain Lakes

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.7103, -121.1524 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass

WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

  

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Trailhead

Central Cascades > Stevens Pass - West

Pacific Crest Trail (#2000), Tunnel Creek (#1061)

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Skykomish Ranger District

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Thunder Mountain Lakes

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