Thunder Mountain Trail
ElevationAscent: 1,722' 525 m
Descent: -16' -5 m
High: 8,011' 2,442 m
Low: 6,306' 1,922 m
GradeAvg Grade: 11% (6°)
Max Grade: 26% (14°)
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“A ski-resort hike with sensational Lake Tahoe views and prevalent vistas.”— Dylan Taylor
Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers
- The trail is typically clear from June until October/November.
- Be alert for traffic and machinery when crossing the summer access road and don't continue hiking along the road.
Need to Know
After the next road crossing, the trail exits the drainage and keeps paralleling it from above the creek. From there, the Thunder Mountain Trail keeps switchbacking up to the base of a southern bowl where it turns north en route to the Broken Arrow Lift. Be sure to snap photographs as you go, as the trail is jam packed with varieties of views!
Once you reach the lift, head down for a short distance and look for the singletrack to start again as the route turns left at the foot of a large grooved rockface. The Hiking Project mobile app may be helpful here to make sure you get pointed the right direction. The rest of the trail leads through rocks, shrubs, and two back-to-back road crossings before ending below the paintball fields at High Camp.
Take some time to enjoy the amenities and remarkable views of Lake Tahoe, KT-22, and Squaw Peak before figuring out your return route from High Camp.