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Thunder Knob Trail

Intermediate
 4.1 (18)

This is a short trail through fir forests to a great viewpoint overlooking Diablo Lake with views of snowy mountains.


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Map Key

1.9

Miles

3.0

KM

Point to Point

1,867' 569 m

High

1,222' 373 m

Low

668' 204 m

Up

26' 8 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

27%

Max Grade (15°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Lake · River/Creek · Views

Family Friendly This is a short trail to great views that is probably best for older kids. Kids below about nine years old may find it too much of a struggle to be fun.

Description

There is a small Thunder Knob parking area at Diablo Lake on the north side of the highway. From here, you'll need to hike north through the campground to its far side to reach the Thunder Knob Trail.

The Thunder Knob Trail begins by almost immediately crossing Colonial Creek on a sturdy bridge. It then enters the fir forest and begins climbing gradually. The climb continues to the trail's end at the top of Thunder Knob. There are short sections of switchbacks in a few places on the climb, and occasional benches along the way to sit, rest, and enjoy the views.

As Thunder Knob Trail climbs, the views get better and better. One passes views of Diablo Lake and Thunder Creek Valley to the southeast, and Colonial Peak to the southwest, as the trail goes through thick fir forest. Eventually, the trees thin and get smaller as the trail nears the top of Thunder Knob, allowing more views in all directions.

From the top of Thunder Knob one can see turquoise Diablo Lake far below and snowy peaks in all directions. Diablo Lake is fed by Thunder Creek, with its glacier and snowmelt sources high in the mountains. More benches at the top of Thunder Knob give one a chance to linger, rest, and enjoy the views.

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Shared By:

Joan Pendleton

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  4.1 from 18 votes

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  4.1 from 18 votes
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Photos

The rewarding view of Diablo Lake from the top!!!
Aug 28, 2016 near Diablo, WA
Colonial Peak looking south-southwest from the Thunder Knob Trail
Jul 26, 2017 near Diablo, WA
Davis Peak, MacMillan Spires, distant glacier, and nearby shoulder of Sourdough Mountain (left to right) rise above Diablo Lake, looking northwest from Thunder Knob
Jul 26, 2017 near Diablo, WA
Colonial Creek is crossed at the start of the Thunder Knob Trail.  Colonial Creek's source is Colonial Glacier, high on Colonial Peak.
Jul 26, 2017 near Diablo, WA
The Thunder Knob Trail wanders through the fir forests of the North Cascades on a summer day.
Jul 26, 2017 near Diablo, WA
Diablo Lake below, looking east-northeast from Thunder Knob
Jul 26, 2017 near Diablo, WA

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Sep 6, 2021
Scott S
Pleasant trail through deep forest. Trail itself was mostly rocky but very manageable. Road noise was a distraction most the hike. 4mi
Aug 18, 2021
Tread Lightly
Jul 29, 2021
Jonathan Engelman
Jul 24, 2021
David Scott
Jul 19, 2021
Kayla Lyman
Jul 19, 2021
Rob Cravens
Good, short hike with great view of Diablo Lake. 3.8mi
Jul 18, 2021
Rob Cravens
Great intermediate hike.
Jul 12, 2021
Abby Hric