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Trip Date:  06/30/2012

: 8.1 Miles

Vertical Gain: 1800'

Group Size: 4
Hike Rating:  Easy   Moderate    Hard   Strenuous
Thunder Mountain Hike
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Thunder Mountain Elevation Profile
Start Coordinates:   N 38 42.338, W 120 06.456     End Coordinates:   Same as Start Coordinates
Car Shuttle Req'd:   No Parking Directions:   Take Highway 88 to the signed parking area for Thunder Mountain trailhead approximately 3 1/2 miles east of Silver Lake.  
Hazards of Note:   Weather in this area can change quickly so be prepared for various temperatures and rain.

Crowd Factor:   Moderate.  This is a well marked and maintained trail but not overly travelled.
General Notes:
From the parking area head up the first section of the trail through forest and wildflowers until you pass by some avalanche control structures on your left.  You will soon reach the ridge with great views to the north and east, and then will head almost due south along the ridge for the rest of the hike.  About halfway to the peak you can take a short side trip to the west to the top of Martin Peak, and then continue along the trail for another mile.  Here the trail will bend west, and then head up toward the top of Thunder Mountain peak and its spectacular view of Silver Lake far below.

Tristan, Steve and Kayla at the start of the hike. Three of the group at the start
A Kirkwood sentinal with Red Lake Peak in the distance. Kirkwood Sentinal
Kayla and Steve at the Sentinal.
Steve and Kayla
Tristan and me along the trail. Greg and Tristan
Round Top and Kirkwood from the trail. Dardanelles rocks
Nearing the summit. Nearing the summit
Kayla, Steve and Tristan at the summit. At the summit
Tristan and I at the summit overlooking Silver Lake. Tristan and I at the summit
Steve on an outcropping. Steve on the outcropping
Steve on the summit rocks. Steve on the summit rocks
Silver Lake and the Caples Creek drainage. View of Silver Lake and beyond
GPS Track of the full hike. GPS Track of Hike