Butte Camp Trail

MODERATE 19 reviews

Butte Camp Trail is a 7.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cougar, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, birding, and mountain biking and is best used from May until November.

DISTANCE
7.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,729 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

mountain biking

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

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.

hiking
1 month ago

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!

hiking
1 month ago

Life goal check! My first real hike in 2 years so it was a challenge. I went all the up to the end of the trail. Views are spectacular!

1 month ago

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.

hiking
2 months ago

Well maintained trail, beautiful views everywhere.

10 months ago

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

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

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.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

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!

backpacking
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

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

hiking
Wednesday, August 12, 2015

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.

Saturday, August 01, 2015

Hiked up to the lewit trail great landscapes and differnt terriain one of my favorites!

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