“A spectacular route along a narrow ridge leading to sweeping views of the Picket Range and other North Cascade Peaks.
— Sarah Baker
Fall Colors · Lake · Views
No camping is allowed on Trappers Peak or the ridge below.
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 that can be exposed. After gaining the ridge, the route steepens and becomes rockier. Take in the views of the upper two Thornton Lakes
and Mt. Triumph. Continue past a small tarn and onto the summit of Trappers Peak.
The view from Trappers Peak is stellar. 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.
This trail is a great extension to a backpack trip to Thornton Lake and is a true gem in the North Cascades.