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Butte Camp Trail

MODERATE 40 reviews

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.

Distance: 7.1 miles Elevation Gain: 1,712 feet Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

mountain biking

walking

bird watching

forest

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

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.

mountain biking
2 months ago

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"

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snow
5 months ago

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

hiking
Mon Nov 19 2018

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.

hiking
Sun Oct 21 2018

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.

hiking
Wed Oct 17 2018

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.

hiking
Sun Aug 19 2018

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!

Tue Aug 07 2018

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
Sun Jul 08 2018

Well maintained trail, beautiful views everywhere.

Thu Nov 02 2017

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

Wed Sep 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.

Sun Aug 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
Tue Jun 27 2017

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

hiking
Wed Aug 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.

Sat Aug 01 2015

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

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