Amador County High Point Trip Report
Date: September 27, 2000
We drove down to the Kirkwood access previously tried and asked the locals which was the best route.
We found a local worker who had actually done the mountain and he said that the hike from the highway
at Carson Spur was longer in miles but would take about the same time as the ski slope hike and was
much more scenic. We hiked on the new Thunder Mt. USFS trail right off highway 88, and found it a
very nice hike. Near the highpoint we met 3 mountain bikers and coming back down we met a deer
hunter and his dog. The hike was very nice - about 7 mi RT and 2,000' elevation gain. Most of the hike
there was no sign of human habitation in any direction - not even a repeater tower!
Author: Loro Paterson