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A spectacular route along a narrow ridge leading to sweeping views of the Picket Range and other North Cascade Peaks.


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0.7

Miles

1.1

KM

Point to Point

5,903' 1,799 m

High

4,995' 1,522 m

Low

909' 277 m

Up

0' 0 m

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26%

Avg Grade (15°)

71%

Max Grade (35°)

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Features Fall Colors · Lake · Views

No camping is allowed on Trappers Peak or the ridge below.

Description

This trail is a great extension to a backpack trip to Thornton Lake and is a true gem in the North Cascades. The route up to Trappers Peak leaves the Thornton Lakes Trail near the ridge that you crest before descending to Thornton Lakes. The route is narrow, overgrown and hard to follow at times.

The trail starts by ascending through alpine meadows before gaining a narrow ridge. After gaining the ridge, the route steepens and becomes rockier. Some scrambling is required, and a fall could be quite dangerous in some places. Continue past a small tarn and onto the summit of Trappers Peak.

The view from Trappers Peak is stellar. You can see all the Thornton Lakes below, including the upper two tucked in a higher basin. The Picket Range towers to the north, seen as spiny peaks with impressive glaciers. Enjoy the views of Mt. Triumph to the northwest and the Skagit River to the southwest.

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Shared By:

Sarah Baker with improvements by Jesse Weber

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Looking from Trappers Peak over the Thornton Lakes.
Aug 29, 2017 near Diablo, WA
This phenomenal view of the Pickets Range awaits you atop Trappers Peak.
Feb 6, 2017 near Diablo, WA
A small tarn greets you along the ascent to Trappers Peak.
Feb 6, 2017 near Diablo, WA

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Sep 3, 2023
Chandler Gardiner
Jun 27, 2019
Dennis Chan
1.4mi
May 19, 2019
Adamson Bryant
with Dad 11.5mi — 8h 15m
Nov 10, 2018
Zach Hodgson
0.7mi
Sep 16, 2017
Brad Strathman
Great view of Thornton Lakes and Mt. Triumph and the Picket range. Spectacular views from the top of Trappers Peak. Hidden gem. 9.8mi
Jul 26, 2017
JW Plagerman

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