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Thanks to theyogiclimber for adding this peak.
Trappers Peak is located in North Cascades National Park and can be seen from the North Cascades Highway at the town of Newhalem. A day hike to Trappers Peak offers a classic view of the rugged southern Picket Range, a close-up view of Mt Triumph and Mt. Despair, and distant views to Snowfield Peak and Eldorado Peak. Drive the North Cascades Highway 11 miles NE of the town of Marblemount where a 5 mile gravel road leaves State Route 20 near milepost 117. This is the Thornton Creek Road which ends at the trailhead. (approximate elevation 2700 ft) The trail follows an old road grade through an old logging area for the first 2.3 miles. Then the trail enters steep forested slopes and after another 2.3 miles breaks out onto an open sub-alpine ridge at about 4900 ft. From this saddle on the ridge divide, either follow the path along the south ridge steeply to the summit of Trapper Peak, or if you intend to camp at Thornton Lakes descend the trail a half mile which is about a 500 foot drop from the saddle. These classic cirque lakes were created as glaciers gouged out rock basins then retreated. Designated campsites are located near the lower lake outlet and a primitive path to the upper lakes proceeds from that point. See also pages for Mount Triumph and Mount Terror for photos taken from the summit of Trappers Peak. (USGS Quad Mount Triumph)
Thanks to theyogiclimber for this description.