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Thimble peak ( + poss. thunder mountain) 10-12 miles @ 2500 elev gain (esimate)

  • Jun 30, 2013 · 8:00 AM












 Meeting time 8 am (at Thunder Mountain trailhead)!!!!

Distance  10-12 estimated

Elevation Gain  estimated 2500 feet

Difficulty,  strenous, (lots of off trail hiking)

Meetup Fee $ 1

Parking fee, not sure could be $ 5 or so, bring change just in case.

Very Important, info you need to know, before you even think about signing up,

you will have to add to the waitlist and answer some questions, I will be picky for this hike.

**** I have not hiked up Thimble Peak from this side

**** around 6 miles of this hike will be off trail , unknown terrain

*** possible hands on scrambling uphill needed

***no guarantee we will make it up the peak from this side,

*** if it turns out to be a bad scramble, we turn around and do some alternate route,


Meeting Point for the hike (thunder mtn trailhead)

This is about 3.2 miles past the silver lake dam and before you get to Kirkwood, the trailhead is easy to miss, Just look at your odo and add about 3.2 miles once you reach the dam (and end of silver lake) You know you went to far when you drive through the avalanche area just before kirkwood (there should be not stopping signs) the trailhead is just before that pass, trailhead is on the right side.

Hiking plan,

We meet at the thunder mtn trailhead, see link above, we will carpool to the other trailhead at caples lake (this is a point to point hike and needs a carshuttle!!) taking as little cars as possible.

from the caples lake trailhead we head along the lake and catch the trail towards horse canyon (not going to emmigrant lake) once we get close to thimble peak I will pick a spot where we go off trail and find a way up to thimble peak, this may include a little rock scrambling (if to dangerous we abort that route and take the trail to thunder mtn via horse canyon trail.)

We won't get up to the real peak of thimble but close enough (the real top needs more exposed scrambling / climbing)

we continue downhill towards the kirkwood ski area (the wall) go along that ridge line towards Thunder mtn, depending on what time it is we take the detour to the top of thunder mtn,

we follow the trail down to thunder mtn trailhead where we left some cars,

we retrieve the cars from the other trailhead and drive home.

Weather will be warm!!

(as of Tuesdays forecast) 78 degr. (feels like 86) low 58,  for Kirkwood at 8000 feet.

it will be cooler at elevation, maybe windy, just be prepared, you should know since you really should have done hikes like this.

Water, bring plenty of water for this hike, I recommend around 3 liters or more depending on your needs.


Don't forget

** Sunscreen*** maybe a hat*** Bug Spray*** Food** Windbreaker***

and what else you bring on mountain hikes,

This is not a beginners hike you should know what to expect and bring for this hike!!!


***waiver*** please review, no need to print I bring a sign in sheet


Last years pic's (don't know how far along the flowers are)

 Thimble peak link


Thunder mtn link




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  • Sabine

    Great hike and fantastic views. But I have to say Mary's pole was unbeatable. I am still waiting for the pole dance :-)

    July 1, 2013

  • Margie

    Awesome hike Chris! The wildflower varieties were simply amazing and you ordered such perfect weather for us. Thank you!

    July 1, 2013

  • Peter

    I hiked on Saturday and it was too hot. So sorry, but have to pass on this one.

    June 29, 2013

  • Daisy

    Thanks Reza! I found carpool already. See you on the hike.

    June 28, 2013

  • Daisy

    Would like to carpool from Bay Area. Thanks!

    June 27, 2013

    • Reza

      Daisy, Let's talk about carpooling. Are you leaving Saturday or early sunday? I am open to both. Reza

      June 28, 2013

  • Robert M.

    Leaving bay area Saturday night and planning to camp somewhere near the trailhead. I can take 1 or 2 with me.

    June 28, 2013

    • Reiko

      If there's a tent spot for two more, I'd like to camp there too. Nick and I are going to leave the bay area around 3pm ish...

      June 28, 2013

    • Reza

      Yes we can have two more spots. We have this spot reserved for Saturday and Sunday nights.

      June 28, 2013

  • Reza

    I am in if we can carpool from Walnut Creek area...

    June 26, 2013

  • Chris J.

    Just a heads up, most likely I have to do this hike on Sunday June 30, I have to be in town Saturday morning, I will write up the hike soon and send out an e mail once the waitlist opens up.

    1 · June 22, 2013

  • PikaVu

    I hope you can push this back a week!

    June 12, 2013

    • Chris J.

      Sorry no changing date on this one,

      June 12, 2013

  • Amy B.

    Hi Chris, thanks for putting together a cool calendar for the summer/Fall. I look forward to another adventure and will keep my eyes open for registration. Thanks again.

    May 19, 2013

  • Margie

    I'm looking forward to this one Chris. I've got things worked out on my end for that weekend and told Dan and a couple others. Should be fun!

    April 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Have done car shuttle from Thunder Mt trailhead, hiked to Scout Carson Lake, then over the pass at Covered Wagon Peak (Above Emmigrant Lake), and out at Caples Lake.

    April 27, 2013

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