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Butte Camp Trail is a 7.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cougar, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until November.

Length 7.1 mi Elevation gain 1,712 ft Route type Out & Back

Hiking

Mountain biking

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

No dogs

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Getting There

Washington State Tourism, P.O. Box 42500 , Olympia, WA, 98504-2500, Phone: 360-586-2088, tobyg@tourism.wa.gov

Directions from Cougar: Travel east on Primary Forest Route 90 to Forest Route 83. Follow 83 north past the Cougar Sno-Park to Forest Route 8100. Follow 8100 north to the Red Rock Pass Trailhead. From here, follow the Toutle Trail #238 to the Butte Camp Trail.

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Joshua Hail
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HikingRockyScramble

From the parking go straight up the rock face. From there an open boulder field of old lava boulders. Take two changes of gear with you. You go through three different climates. There is a steep grad of switchbacks close to the top where you really start to gain altitude. At the last tree line it gets VERY windy and cold. This is where the second change of gear is needed. You will need a warm jacket with a hood or a beanie. GREAT VIEWS. It is a difficult but rewarding hike. Best done on a clear day.

Ali Doucette
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HikingRocky
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Ashley Lopez
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HikingRocky

This trail is slightly longer than noted. I’d say it’s 7.5 miles out and back. There’s a ton of parking, if “spots” are all taken, you can park on the side of the road. Parking is free. The trail itself was either pretty wide and open or on a super scary ~1ft wide ridge around a mountain. I appreciated the diverse landscape. We didn’t see too many hikers. Maybe 6/7 other parties who were usually in pairs. There weren’t as many flowers in bloom as I had hoped. I hardly noticed any bugs. Although I will say I found a tick lying dead on the carpet next to my backpack the night I got home.

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Nathanael Wilson
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Hiking

This trail was a blast. the views and distance are perfect for a day hike. enjoy fellow Upper Lefters!

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kaholoas .
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HikingScramble

Cloudy day, but some great potential! The trail is only hard in one spot -- from lower camp to upper. You gain a ton of elevation with some big switchbacks and then have to walk a cliff for longer than I would like. But, along the way, you get to see several different landscapes -- from lava field to forest to alpine meadow. It changes enough to keep you entertained, even if the views are blocked. I'd do it again on a nicer day.

Ariel Whitacre
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Hiking

The beargrass is in bloom right now on the lower part of the trail. The alpine wildflowers are just starting to bloom. In a couple weeks they should be at peak.

Eric C.
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Hiking

Getting there: last 3/4 mile of the road leading to the trailhead is not paved, we made it there in our Tesla Model 3, so I'd consider it to be pretty accessible. Other than that pretty easy, the gravel road is not bad at all. The hike itself was gorgeous. Views above the timberline are awesome. Would recommend.

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lisbeth sanchez
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Hiking

Really nice views. 10/10 would recommend

Mike Leffman
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HikingRockySnow

Solid hike with a good finish of Mt St Helens. Other connecting trails if you would like to extend the hike. Trail is well marked & a good workout but not grueling at all.

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Erin Seekins
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Hiking

Wasn’t expecting this hike to be so good! Hardly saw another person. Nice variety of terrain. Most of the elevation gain isn’t until the very end and up until then it’s very gradual. Still quite a bit of snow at the top, to had to put on traction to finish it out. The boot pack is easy to lose because of the lack of traffic and we did get off trail a bit, but the app helped and it wasn’t too hard to find. Bugs aren’t bad this time of the year.

Find Your Own Perfection
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HikingSnow

Loved this place! Great trail! If there wasn’t as much snow we would have finished it but we went a long ways in and it was gorgeous.

Candace Moon
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Will Toogood
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Hiking

Nice hike on a cold windy day. Most of the hike is in the trees with views down by the trailhead and the last 2 tenths or so above treeline, not a whole lot in between. Due to huge winds I didn't last long above tree line, would have liked to explore the Loowit trail some.

Jake Insley
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Mountain biking

Great trail. The last section to the top is sketchy. It's a single track of loose and unsettled volcanic rock with a 100ft+ dropoff inches away. I wouldn't take my record as accurate. I broke my pinky at the begining of the trail. The start of the trail is signed as Kalama Snow Park. Take that trail, and you'll pass two three-way forks. Just keep going straight. The decent is on youtube @ "jake&benjamin's account"

Cheri U
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HikingRockySnow

Wonderful trail, muddy in one area, slippery rocks in one area but mostly beautiful and amazing!!

Paul S.
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Hiking

Driving the last ~mi on the way in is rough in spots but a car can make it, just take care. Excellent views at the very end above the treeline. All-around great hike with interesting landscape throughout.

Don Johnson
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Hiking

Great hike with beautiful forest scenery, moderate elevation gain, and rewarding views from the top. It took us about 3 1/2 hours total which included a short walk on the Loowit trail at the top and a lunch break. You start off in a rock field, then most of the trail is through forest, and towards the end the trees thin as you walk through loose gravel. The uphill section wasn’t too steep but still tired us out. Bring lots of water. We veered off the trail at one point and used the All Trails app to get back on track. Really helpful.

Theresa Johanson
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Hiking

I loved everything about this hike. Great views at the start and at the finish of the hike. We went to the Loowit trail and headed right for a quarter mile or so. Beautiful views of Hood.

Chad M
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Hiking

The trail is in good shape. Starting off from the parking area you have beautiful views of Mt. St. Helens for a short stretch, then you’re in the trees for a good three and a half miles before it opens up near the timberline. The last mile to the Loo Wit Trail is much more of an incline than the first three miles, so be prepared for a more strenuous finish. About a quarter mile from the intersection with Loo Wit the trail hooks sharply to the right, but if you’re not paying attention you can easily continue up a dry creek bed and lose the trail. If you’re ever hiking in the creek bed, you’re off trail. Other than that, the views on top are spectacular, even with all the smoke still in the air. Have fun!

Japhalamy Sting
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Getting to the trailhead is simple enough. I came up by way of Merrell Lake and the Kalama Horse Camp. I think most people go up and past Ape Cave but both are fine. As others noted, the trail is in great shape. Bring water and DEET with you though! The lack of water along the hike was disappointing to me but it was still a great time. I would suggest that you explore the actual lower camp area once you get up to the base of Butte dome. The camp ain’t much... a couple of logs serving as benches around a fire ring but still... The second recommendation is to go that last mile to reach the Loowit Trail. The views are spectacular and once you get above the tree line, well that’s just cool experience. Most of the hike is in the woods so catching those grand vistas up past lower camp is exceptionally worthy.

kenneth gross
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Hiking

Well maintained trail, beautiful views everywhere.

Gary J.
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Finishing stretch of two night trip! Glad we were heading downhill!

Russ Tee
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Great hike with breathtaking views at the top near Loowit trail. There is a short segment of maybe 0.1mile near the end that is a narrow with a steep dropoff. The trail is made of loose stones and gravel, and has started to give way slightly at 2 points. Use caution.

Jaime Logan
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Great trail, good variety/view. Last mile of road to trail has potholes, made it there in a sedan still. Look out for mountain bikes!

Joseph Altman
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Backpacking

Had an amazing night camping up close to the Loowit trail. Lots of snow to cross right now.

Scott Finnie
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Hiking

To make this hike into a loop on the way back down I cut off right onto the Toutle trail then back down the Blue Lake trail to FR 81 and back to RedRock Pass trail head. By my GPS 12.25 Miles elevation Gain 1,700 feet.

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