Park Butte Lookout Trail is a 7.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Concrete, Washington that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Enjoy incredible views of Mt. Baker and its glaciers throughout the length of this trail. Start in the Mt. Baker National Recreation Area and quickly enter the lush Schriebers Meadow. The Scott Paul Trail junction is about 100 feet from the trailhead on the right. Continue past the junction and wander through waist-high huckleberries and the heather of Schriebers Meadow. This trail section has views of Survey Point to the east and is a great two-mile round trip for families. Next you will reach Rocky Creek and a challenging crossing during periods of heavy runoff. After the first mile climb and switchback through the forest, reaching the second junction with Scott Paul Trail 603.1. Stay left at the junction to continue along Park Butte Trail to Morovitz Meadows. The expansive views offered at the open meadows make this a popular rest spot. At the next junction stay left to go to the Park Butte Lookout. Cathedral Camp is near the next trail junction. Stay left at this junction for Park Butte. The trail levels out some and passes above picturesque Pocket Lake on the left. The last half-mile climbs steeply to the lookout at 5,400 feet elevation and enters the Mt. Baker Wilderness.
Wonderful views with relatively small effort. The grade was not overly steep and somewhat short. Almost seems like less than 7 miles. We were extremely impressed with the scenery! This is a must do hike.
The views are spectacular. The trail was in great shape. We did the hike on a Monday and there was very little traffic.
Now one of my favorites
Great views, the trail was well maintained. Not too many bugs.
This is one of my favorite trails because of the scenery. It took about 2-2.5 hours to get to the lookout and we stayed there for a while soaking in the sights. Dogs are allowed off leash as long as they are under voice control and don't bother the wildlife. Bring snacks for the top!
This is a really great hike. We went to Railroad Grade. Probably easier than going to the lookout tower. Took us 2.5 hours because of our age.
Fabulous hike! This was my first time there. We stopped a few times to rest and we got there in 2hrs. We were the first there so we staked claim on staying overnight! We weathered a hail/thunder/lightning storm, saw the stars on a crystal clear night, and woke before sunrise to head back down. Next time we plan to incorporate a hike around Cathedral Crag, down Railroad Grade, and back on the Scott Paul Trail. Overall, this has been one of my favorite hikes on either Baker or Rainier!
Beautiful hike into the Mt Baker area! There are tough parts of the hike near the end but overall it is pretty medium in difficulty. It took us 6 hours but we took lots of breaks and sight seeing. Saw one mountain goat about 2 miles in, across the valley on a rock face. The clouds never fully lifted off Baker once we were there but it was good enough to see the peak occasionally and briefly. Highly recommend this one! It was beautiful and very diverse in the landscapes you hike through.