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Thornton Lakes
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The middle lake of the Thornton Lakes group
Location North Cascades National Park, Whatcom County, Washington,
United States
Type Cirque Lakes
Primary outflows Thornton Creek
Basin countries United States
Max. length 800 yd (730 m)
Max. width 400 yd (370 m)
Surface elevation 4,708 ft (1,435 m)

Thornton Lakes are located in North Cascades National Park, in the U. S. state of Washington. These paternoster lakes consist of three lakes located 1 to 1.75 mi (1.61 to 2.82 km) southeast of Mount Triumph. Thornton Lakes can be accessed on foot from a trailhead in Ross Lake National Recreation Area. The hike of 5.2 mi (8.4 km) includes a 2,400-foot (730 m) altitude gain and a 500-foot (150 m) descent to Lower Thornton Lake. Two other lakes lie above the first one, unofficially named Middle and Upper Thornton Lakes. A designated backcountry camping zone is located at Lower Thornton Lake.

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