HIKED THUNDER KNOB TRAIL North Cascades National Park, Washington

Hiking Team: Dave Miller, Rosie Miller

Date: June 28, 2022

This 4.1-mile challenging trail began near the Colonia Creek Campground. We successfully forded the creek, first by carefully walking across a wide section of uneven rocks and then over a small wooden bridge. The trail paralleled the creek for a quarter mile and then climbed over 450 feet. The scenery changed to greenery – a moist forest of ferns, moss and plants thickly mixed with trees. We trekked past many patches of wildflowers and columbine. Further up, the trail changed to a series of switchbacks, with a dense forest of western hemlock, Douglas fir and cedar trees. Occasionally, the trees parted to give us views of the 7,182-foot Pyramid Peak in the distance. At the top of the trail, we saw another fabulous waterfall and views of Diablo Lake and the 7,408-foot Ruby Mountain. Later a small waterfall supported hanging gardens of delicate ferns and wildflowers. We descended the steep trail, re-crossed the dangerous dry rocky section of the creek.

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