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Thunder Woods Nature Trail

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20
48.6852, -121.0929 Map & Directions
1.2 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
305 feet
Highest Point
1620 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
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  • Mountain views
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
  • Dogs allowed on leash

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

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An informative 0.9 mile loop hike through the forest. Continue reading

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Hiking Thunder Woods Nature Trail

This trail leads through old growth forest above the turquoise waters of the Thunder Arm of Diablo Lake.

Thunder Woods Nature Trail

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 48.6852, -121.0929 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

A backcountry permit is required to camp overnight in North Cascades National Park. Walk-up and advance permits are $26 and must be picked up in person at one of the park's Wilderness Information Centers.

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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

Highway 20 to Colonial Creek campground at Milepost 130. Turn into the main campground on the south side of the highway. Proceed to the Thunder Creek trailhead near the Amphitheater. Follow this trail about 300 yards to the trail junction on your right.

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North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

North Cascades National Park

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