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Park Creek, WA

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Difficulty 3 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance Round Trip 15.75 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,971 feet
Elevation Gain 3,795 feet
Accumulated Gain 4,377 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 8-10 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 37.64
Interest Perennial Waterfall & Perennial Creek
Backpack Yes & Connecting
Dogs not allowed
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Thunder Creek Trail
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Location Phoenix, AZ
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Preferred Jul, Aug, Sep, Jun → 8 AM
Seasons   Late Summer to Late Autumn
Sun  4:50am - 7:27pm
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Not quite a walk in the park
by nonot

 Likely In-Season!
A trail that starts on the old Stehekin Valley Road and climbs to Park Creek pass.

Warnings and Red Tape:
Snow may be encountered at most times of the year at the very upper elevations of this hike and traction devices (and possibly crampons) may be needed. Also the park service may close the trails due to weather conditions and animal (nesting) concerns. Permits are required for the campsites. Make sure you camp bear SMART!

From the old Stehekin Valley Rd the trail starts from Park Creek camp next to Park Creek to gradually climb up a ridge away from the creek and quickly starts proceeding up some steep switchbacks. Since this is at the beginning or so you should have plenty of energy to keep climbing. The trail will gradually level and proceed back towards Park Creek, reaching the creek and following it to 2 mile camp, at 2 miles from the road. This is a smaller campsite suitable for perhaps 3-4 tents at most.

At 2 mile is perhaps the most exciting part of the hike, where you use 2 logs fallen over the creek to cross. The first log is massive, perhaps 8 ft in diameter. The other log isn't as big and is the more challenging part. After this the trail is pleasant, travelling close to the creek through an area great for bears. The trail gets a bit overgrown and you will encounter several fallen trees. You will pass an area scoured which follows a creek coming down from storm king. Whatever happened, avalanche, flash flood, or something else must have been pretty impressive based upon the damage wrought. You will soon arrive at the very large, and amazing, five mile camp. Some of the camp pads are almost right on the creek, and is one of the best backcountry sites I've seen.

After five mile camp the trail itself is less overgrown but there are lots of fallen trees. The trail will switchback up into the upper basin, and you may run into snow on the last part of the trail approaching Park Creek Pass. Continue the steady climb up to the pass. Park Creek Pass itself will likely have a bit of snow requiring traction devices, or crampons, depending on conditions.

Water Sources
The creek at 2 mile and 5 mile camps, along with some other creeks scattered throughout the hike.

Park Creek Camp at the trailhead, else 2 mile camp or 5 mile camp. Campsites require a permit.

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2014-07-26 nonot
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

    Permit $$

    Map Drive
    Connector trail - Not Applicable

    To hike
    Access is via the Upper Stehekin Trail. Upper Stehekin trail is a road that has been decommissioned due to a past flood. Old descriptions will likely indicate you could drive to the trailhead. This trail connects with Thunder Creek.
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