Trip Type : Private Guided
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Thunder Creek - Ruby Mountain

Wildland Trekking
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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges. Camping
3 days
From: $ 970 $ 323 / day
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  • Amazing high country of the North Cascades
  • Stunning alpine passes & wildflowers
  • Wildlife
  • Panoramic views of iconic lakes and peaks
  • Mountain solitude

Short Description

With turbulent creeks, mountain forests, and panoramic views of dramatic peaks and Ross and Diablo Lakes, this three-day hike is a great introduction to North Cascades National Park. We start with a short but steep day up to our campground near Fourth of July Pass, and have a chance on day 2 to summit Ruby Mountain before returning to camp. On our last day we will retrace our steps back to the trailhead.
This trip is a fantastic way to accentuate a longer trip to the Pacific Northwest with some wonderful back country adventure, or it is a worthwhile standalone trip as well. With stunning mountain scenery, exciting hiking, breath-taking photography, and pristine camping, this trip is one you will think back on for years

Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Trip Type Private Guided
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Lodging Level Camping
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Seattle
End City Seattle

Travel Theme

Hiking & Walking


United States

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Trip Includes

  • Top-of-the-line tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, and technical backpack
  • Use of trekking poles
  • All meals are included from breakfast the first day through lunch on the last day
  • A professional, knowledgeable, certified North Cascades National Park hiking guide
  • Comprehensive, round-trip transportation from your hotel in Seattle and back
  • All entrance fees, permits and passes
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and satellite phone
  • You will receive a Lifetime Hiking Membership entitling you, your spouse and kids to a lifetime discount of 10% off any Wild land Trekking hiking trip after your first one!

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Day 1

Shuttle to the trailhead: 3 hours

Hiking Mileage: 4.6 miles

Elevation Gain: 2,300 feet

This multi-day North Cascades National Park hiking trip begins with a pick up at your hotel in Seattle, and then a scenic drive into the North Cascades. When we arrive at the trailhead, we will get our packs and gear sorted out and start following Thunder Creek. Our trail starts off level, but we will begin climbing after not too long, winding our way through forests with occasional glimpses of Ross Lake and jagged peaks through the trees. We will make our camp near Fourth of July Pass, and enjoy a gourmet meal in the depths of the North Cascades.

Day 2

Hiking Mileage: 5 miles

Elevation Gain: 3,800 feet

Elevation Loss: 3,800 feet

Today is our layover day, so we will leave our camp set up and just take daypacks on a short but steep ascent of Ruby Mountain. A solid footpath with intermittent scrambling will take us to the summit and to 360 degree views of the North Cascades, Ross Lake and Diablo Lake. We will soak up the views on the summit over lunch, take time to relax, and eventually start descending back to camp and a restful night.

Day 3

Hiking Mileage: 4.6 miles

Elevation Gain: 2,300 feet

Shuttle to Seattle: 3 hours

On our final day, we will bid farewell to our home of two nights and being descending back towards the trail head. We will notice the plants change as we lose elevation, and as the alpine views fade away we will return to tumbling creeks and, finally, Diablo Lake. We will soak our feet in the lake one last time, eat lunch by the vehicle, and then drive back to Seattle and your hotel.


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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Intimate Group - 12 max

The standard group size on North Cascades backpacking trips is 6 guests and 1 guide, with a maximum of 10 guests and 2 guides.



Your tour will be led by a trained, experienced professional with a solid guiding background, years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breath-taking landscapes. Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.

Guide Working Parameters

Guides are required to take 8 hours off each 24-hour period to sleep, recuperate, take personal/down time...etc. In addition, as part of the 8 hours off they must sleep/rest or be in their tents/rooms uninterrupted for a minimum of 5 hours each night. We ask guests to respect these requirements and to not interrupt guides' off time and sleep time unless there is a true emergency.

Additional Information:

Meals: What to Expect

All of our hiking and backpacking tours include a diversity of tasty meals packed full of critical carbohydrates, proteins and fats. We carry foods that travel well in the backcountry – rice, pastas, lentils, beans, couscous, packaged meats, nuts, breads, oatmeal, granola, and more.

For optimal taste and energy, we supplement all our meals with spices, herbs, oils, cheeses, butter, sugar, and fruits and vegetables (fresh and dried). In addition, we provide you with with an assortment of trail mix, snacks, and dried fruits to eat at your own discretion.

We regularly accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and will make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee.

Gear we Provide

We provide all group gear which includes the following:

  • Deuter or Osprey backpacks
  • Sierra Designs, Kelty or Big Agnes tents
  • Sierra Designs, Kelty, Big Agnes and Mountain Hardware sleeping bags
  • Thermarest or Big Agnes sleeping pads
  • Leki or Black Diamond trekking poles
  • Cooking stoves and cookware
  • Company-issued first-aid kit
  • Satellite phone

What Gear to Bring

We ask that you supply a couple of gear items on your hiking tour. These items are two 1-liter water bottles per person and either a headlamp or flashlight per person. Basic items like sunscreen, bug repellent (where and when applicable), lip balm, and toiletries are also important. All of these items are available online at Wild land Trekking Outfitters.

What Clothes to Bring

Please refer to the trip packet for a recommended clothing list (we email you a detailed trip packet when you inquire and when you register). All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots (reliable brands include Montrail, Lowa, Merrell, Vasque, and Salomon), rain gear, and non-cotton and cotton clothing layers. A minimum of three pairs of wool or synthetic hiking socks are also required. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.

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Trip Excludes

  • Clothes, rain gear, and footwear
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Guide gratuity (industry recommendation is 10-20% of trip cost)
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