Thunder Mountain

Comments: The Thunder Mountain trail begins in a forested area and climbs to a ridge line that overlooks the Kirkwood Ski Resort.  Along the way is an amazing variety of wildflowers.  Early on you will see a field of the bright red/orange Scarlet Gilia. And if you look closely you might find some of the parasitic flowers.  Along the trail you may encounter something that looks like a pinecone. Look closely! It may just be a cluster of the strange Corymb Broomrape (below left).  At the top are great views and some of the alpine flowers.

Directions: The trailhead (well signed on the south side of Route 88) is found about 2 miles west of the entrance to Kirkwood Ski Resort.  This is also 7 miles west of the Caron Pass trailhead whose description you will find under "hikes" and "Carson Pass" in this website.