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blueBlack Park Butte Trail #603


4.1 mile 6.7 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 2,127' 648 m
Descent: -73' -22 m
High: 5,402' 1,646 m
Low: 3,341' 1,018 m


Avg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 38% (21°)


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An up-close-and-personal experience with Mt. Baker.

Janae Brewster

Features River/Creek · Views


Park Butte is a great intermediate step for hiker wanting to gain a little distance without too much strain in steep elevations. This hike is in the heart of the Mount Baker Wilderness, and offers a range of scenery. It begins in meadows, then moves through a creek bed, up to the forest, back to meadows and a final push up a rocky butte to a mountain lookout.

Difficulty: In the nearly four-mile trek to the lookout, there’s only a 1.5-mile stretch through a shaded forest of climbing switchbacks. If you haven’t been doing anything with significant elevation gains, it’s wearisome. But after that stretch, it’s a pretty manageable, though long, climb the rest of the way.

View: Koma Kulshan can be quite the elusive peak with the PNW clouds shrouding her beauty. However, when the clouds give way, she is quite the sight. Since this trail is an access point for climbers, the mountain is up close and personal during the second leg of the trip. Traveling up the backside of the butte there are stunning views of the Sisters, and the lookout is perched with sweeping views of the mountains and ridges of the North Cascades.

Who else is on the trail: The trailhead is the same as the Easton Glacier climbing route up Mount Baker, so there may be some swoon-worthy climbers around. Other than that, there are few people here and there, but this is not a crowded trail.

Snapchat-ability: It doesn’t even seem worth it to bring a mobile device. Reception ends about 6 miles up the Baker Lake Road, and there’s not even a blip for the next 15 miles of driving and hiking.

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Jun 26, 2019
Dennis Chan
Oct 12, 2018
Xzill Erationer
Sep 3, 2018
Abby Trimble
Stunning! Would love to camp on Railroad Grade and try the Parker Loop sometime 7.5mi
Aug 20, 2018
Jerry Timblin
Jul 20, 2018
Wendy Heil
Sep 21, 2017
Nico Brandt
Jul 22, 2017
Jake Riley
Took trail to railroad grade and eventually walked back on same path. Really diverse trail sections. Very little visibility when cloudy 4.4mi

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