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The Class B hike to Thunder Lake begins from the fairly remote Wild Basin Trailhead in the southeastern corner of Rocky Mountain National Park. Lower Copeland Falls, our first destination along this route, arrives at roughly one-third of a mile from the trailhead. Upper Copeland Falls is located another one-tenth of a mile further upstream on the North St. Vrain Creek. Beyond the two waterfalls the trail crosses over Sandbeach Creek. The trail travels through a very beautiful and pristine subalpine forest. We'll cross Calypso Cascades and Ouzel Falls. For the most part the trail travels under the canopy of the forest for almost the entire route. Occasionally, as we climb higher, we'll have sporadic views of the surrounding mountains, including Copeland Mountain, Long's Peak, Mt. Meeker, and Pagoda Mountain. After roughly 6 miles from the trailhead, we'll reach Thunder Lake and The Thunder Lake Patrol Cabin. This small one-room log cabin was built in 1930, and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988. Thunder Lake sits in an incredibly beautiful setting. From left to right it's framed by 12,420-foot Tanima Peak, 12,222-foot Pilot Mountain, and 13,310-foot Mount Alice towards the northwest. The round trip hike distance is 12 miles, with an elevation gain of 2,300’.
If interested in the hike, please contact Pete Tomassi at 970-232-8851 or