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Yellow Aster Butte Trail #686.1

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 4.0 (3)

Great views of Baker and Shuksan at the top - it's hard work, but worth it!


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2.2

Miles

3.5

KM

Point to Point

6,050' 1,844 m

High

5,100' 1,554 m

Low

1,198' 365 m

Up

306' 93 m

Down

13%

Avg Grade (7°)

48%

Max Grade (26°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

If you’re looking for a great fall hike, this may be the one for you. After climbing a mile or two through forest, you’ll emerge to see mountainsides covered in reds, oranges, yellows, and purples. Though that may not be the scientific name for these seasonally-colored shrubs and grasses, it’s a beautiful sight. You’ll pass by a creek or two, and some small glacial pools that add deep blues, greens and grays to the hike’s color scheme. Though this butte-busting trail is a grueling 8-mile trek, there’s an optional turnaround spot before you hit the last 500-foot climb.

Difficulty: This trail is manageable for the average hiker if you’re not in a rush, as evidenced by the number of children and pets encountered along the way. However, the last half mile or so up the mountain is brutal, and the way down might be more treacherous and result in some pinky-toe blisters.

View: From the top o’ the butte, there are great views of Baker, Shuksan, and the rest of their ilk. Though Sarah Palin would be disappointed you can’t see Russia from here, you can check Canada off the list.

Who else is on the trail: Everyone and their dog. More accurately, everyone who drives a Subaru, Rav4, or Volvo and their dog.

Snapchat-ability: The good news is there’s pretty good coverage along the trail, and certainly at the top. However, due to the crowded nature of this trail, each hiker must choose the level of Snapchat shame they are willing to endure in order to send out the most snaptastic pics.

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Janae Brewster

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  4.0 from 3 votes

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Cooling off with a swim after hiking up to Yellow Aster Butte
May 14, 2015 near Peacefu…, WA
Walking down a winding path to the alpine lakes.
May 14, 2015 near Peacefu…, WA

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Aug 29, 2020
Mel and Luke B
Nov 3, 2019
Oleg Ku
A little snow in the trail, easy passable without any traction device. 2.5mi
Aug 30, 2019
Raj Hiker
Jul 20, 2019
E M
3 hrs up 2 hrs down 1 hr stoppage 7.5mi
Nov 24, 2018
Xzill Erationer
Oct 20, 2018
Joe Lin
With the Hawkins. 7.8mi
Oct 17, 2018
Brian Degenstein
Oct 6, 2018
Britni Rae