Butler Peak Trail

MODERATE 31 reviews

Butler Peak Trail is a 9.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Big Bear City, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
9.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1587 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

off road driving

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

off road driving
22 days ago

off road driving
1 month ago

off road driving
1 month ago

The trail to Butler Peak is pretty standard, easy for driving. I was able to make it through the whole trail without having to go into 4WD, high clearance vehicle still required. The views are beautiful and the views from the Fire Watch Tower at the end of the trail is one of the best mountain views you can get in the area.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked it. Fire road so a lot of vehicles.

hiking
2 months ago

off road driving
2 months ago

off road driving
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

off road driving
6 months ago

off road driving
9 months ago

We went up there on a snowy day and had a blast!

off road driving
10 months ago

This trail was fantastic. Late November, snow on the ground and we explored attached Forest Service roads. It made for a great time with beautiful sights to see. Absolutely recommend - but be careful, if you find yourself on the wrong trail it could just be your last one (at least with that vehicle!)

10 months ago

off road driving
10 months ago

Trail is actually a fire road leading to the fire lookout. You'll need a 4x4 to drive it and not risk damaging your suspension. Watch for boulders blocking the road and cross fingers you don't bump into anyone coming the opposite direction as it's one lane with many drop off points.

Like others have said the views from the fire lookout are epic. There's several picture taking points as you work your way to the top along with several rock formations.

A recommended destination no matter how you get there.

Friday, September 16, 2016

off road driving
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Butler Peak provides some pretty epic views of various points in the San Bernardino National Forest. The best views can be seen from the fire lookout at the top of the peak. There are, however, some nice views and scenery to experience at the base of the peak.

The peak tends to be a bit windy, so I'd suggested you bring a light jacket when hiking there in the fall/spring.

One last point to consider, that a fire swept through this area a little less than 10 years ago, so some of the greenery is still recovering.

Saturday, August 06, 2016

Friday, July 08, 2016