Cook and Green Butte Trail is a 4.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Seiad Valley, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from May until December.
Directions from Seiad Valley: Turn up Seiad Creek Rd. Travel about 4.5 miles, then take a left on Forest Service Rd 48N20. it is 7-8 miles further to the pass where Cook and Green Trailhead is located. Walk up the gated road on your left and around the hill. Just below Red Butte, you will see the trail to Elk Lake on your right.
We found this trailhead by accident and decided to check it out. Its out in the Applegate Lake area and off a gravel road. The trail walks along the side of the mountain at a steady incline. There are really not good views except for the canyon that is below. We only did about half of it then turned around and headed back for the car.
This hike is not very eventful. It climbs at a steady pace with not much of any views. Early spring would be the best time as it can get hot after that.