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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-20-2013, 09:08 AM Thread Starter
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This is a nice easy hike with a mellow trail grade featuring some nice stands of forest as well as a couple of fine views once the top is reached. The Trailhead is clearly marked across from the Colonial Creek Campsite at mile marker 130 along SR20 in Northern Washington.

Roundtrip 3.8 miles
Elevation Gain 635 ft
Highest Point 1875 ft

Further trail description and information:
http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/thunder-knob

Ample parking at the trailhead. A walk through the rustic campsites with many fine tenting only sites near the shores of Diablo Lake

Soon you come to the well-marked trailhead.

Crossing a nice forest creek

Walking gently upward through some lovely stands of forest

Look for some pretty flowers along the way, like this Calypso Orchid

First viewpoint, looking to the south

A second rest stop, along the shores of Thunder Lake (nothing like our Thunder Lake in Manning Park)

More views begin to open up as the forest changes to more thinly populated ponderosa pine

Thee are two viewpoints atop thunder knob. The first looks back on SR20 and Diablo Lake towards the dam.

The second viewpoint, about another 100 metres further, looks more eastward towards Mt. Davis


This is a great family hike as the grade is mellow, the trail is wide, and the views and forest diversity keeps things interesting. As always for me, no trail is complete without a fine beer [8D]
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Where do you find Alt beer? Last time I drank that was in Germany!
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Nice choice of trails and an even better choice of beer.Haven't had one of those since the 8os, I think
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Not many make a commercial Alt beer, especially since technically it has to be brewed in Dusseldorf to be considered an Alt beer. Full Sail did a pretty good job of mimicking the style though.
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This is exactly why people should do TR's. No idea this trail existed, sounds like a nice option en route to the eastern portion of North Cascades Park. Trails can be great without 2000 m of elevation gain and 25 km! Plus you get time to look at the smaller details.
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Yes exactly Susie
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With Alexa along for the ride, these little hikes suit us just fine for the time being. The Calypsos were a nice treat, lots of Amanita, flowering dogwood, even some Penstamen and hummingbirds en masse.

It was lovely.
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