Cedar Butte Trail

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Cedar Butte Trail is a 3.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near North Bend, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.8 miles
908 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running








This moderate hike has some steep spots, but offers stunning views from the top.

5 days ago

Great hike very few people. Nice view at the top my altimeter said 1574 feet of elevation from the parking lot.

6 days ago

Lovely hike--tough finding the trail to the Butte as it is just near the Boxely Creek bridge and rather narrow but the best part is that it is in the forest and there was no one on it once we got off the gravel road. The view is not as nice as Rattlesnake but it was worth it to skip the crowds.

1 month ago

Easy hike, short with many families. I took Nook Trail off Bus Trail. Nook Trail is more difficult and has a climb. Not for children or beginners. There’s not much to see at the top but it’s a good training trail for my hike later this Summer in Lolo Lolo National Forest in Montana.

1 month ago

Nice and private! Be sure to go in a clear day, I missed out on the view.

1 month ago

Okay hike, trail overgrown a bit. View from top also taken over by trees.

2 months ago

This is a VERY steep hike but worth it for the views. There are a few “pull off” spots where you can catch your breath and sit down if need be.
The views are phenomenal and nice spot to eat a snack.

2 months ago

The scenery was gorgeous going up!! There’s spots where the trail is quite overgrown and although it’s a shorter hike, it was definitely not easy. I’d say whoever labeled it has not hiked it before. There were some gnarly steep spots. But the view at the top was great since I went on a hot, sunny day!

3 months ago

Unfortunately I did this trail on a very cloudy day. The hike up to the top was a bit strenuous for someone who isn't in great shape. Although the view was amazing it definitely would have been better on a sunny day. The trail itself was unremarkable. I doubt I'll do this one again but I am glad I did it once.

4 months ago

Nice and easy

4 months ago

The majority of this hike winds pretty steeply through the forest. Definitely a steady climb most of the way but not too bad - would recommend poles. You have to go one switchback up from where the AllTrails map ends to get to the viewpoint. The view itself is gorgeous, but limited - it's really just a small break in the trees, but pretty nonetheless.

6 months ago

You don't get much of a view until the very top but it's nice and easy with just a bit of a challenge towards the end. Good for people with dogs, kids, or others that don't want to put in a ton of effort. It was a busy Saturday near Rattlesnake and we only passed a handful of people on this trail.

6 months ago

Short but nice and quiet.

6 months ago

great hike. very peaceful.

7 months ago

Maps will take you to the wrong parking lot. Go past the lot, drive til the road ends, and parking will be on the left. Park and then follow signs to the Iron Horse trail. You will cross a bridge over a river that has a chain link fence. Immediately after the fence on the right is the trail head.

10 months ago

Fairly quick and pleasant hike with significantly less crowds than the people parade that is Rattlesnake Ledge trail. The view at the summit is smaller as is the space to sit and have a snack, but considering the scarcity of people this worked out fine for us.
As for the whole "easy vs moderate" debate- there are some steep spots near the top but if you have done Little Si you can easily handle this one.
I had an 8 year old and a 10 year old with me and they seemed to enjoy the hike pretty well. Autumn colors are visible and the cooler air on a sunny day like what we had 9/24 is very refreshing.

11 months ago

45 minute drive from Seattle
2 hours total hike time

GPS doesn't take you to parking lot. Follow the signs to the parking area that requires a Discovery pass.

Good hike, parts of the climb are moderate, would say this is a 2 of 5 on difficulty scale. Good views, not as stunning as nearby Rattlesnake, but way better since it's substantially less busy.

11 months ago

can u get down to the lake?

11 months ago

35 min drive from Seattle
2.5 hours car door to car door*

*GPS coordinates from this app don't take you to the parking lot. Go to the parking lot (John Wayne Trailhead) and save yourself an additional mile loop of flat terrain, which will also save 30 minutes.

The conflict between other reviewers is correct, this is definitely a mostly "easy" trail, but there are portions that are "moderate" (particularly to the summit and the left hand side of the loop to the summit trailhead). It's super easy/flat until you turn off to "Cedar Butte" (but then that technically isn't part of the Cedar Butte Trail).

Dog friendly, bathrooms near parking lot. Busy first mile to get to Cedar Butte turn off, but after that only saw four other groups in 90 minutes on a Sunday morning.

Views at top are good, trade off less amazing views for the lack of traffic that nearby trails suffer from.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

I would do this hike again! After driving up late in the afternoon on a Saturday and seeing how packed the rattlesnake parking lot was we decided to change hike plans and do cedar butte instead. You need a discover pass for this parking lot.

The hike itself is moderate with elevation only towards the second half of the hike. But it's a nice mix of steep and then relatively flat to catch your breath. The switch backs were short and relatively easy. The view was nice. Not as big as I expected but still lovely especially since the smoke seemed to be clearing up

** note my bf and I took the blowdown route back. Do not take this route. It's extremely over grown and the blow down is not even visible. Also there were so many fallen branches with shrubs growing over them so it was very hard to see that you could trip. Take the shorter route.

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Nice steady hike up with two ways to get to the summit. I'd say it's not easy!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

This is a picturesque little loop, with a decent view at the summit. Lush vegetation has converged into the path during certain stretches. So long pants might be a good idea.

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Quick but awesome trail, not the best sitting places at summit but beautiful on a non cloudy day

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Great hike!

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Great quick hike! Elevation happens quick though! Good challenge.

Monday, June 05, 2017

Great hike. Starts out on the Iron Horse trail, watch for signs on the right 1/2 mile in.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Very nice view from the top

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Very quiet hike. The trail is pretty narrow, but the view is phenomenal up top. If you take the left route at the fork it is significantly shorter but also significantly steeper. The right route at the fork is longer, but much easier. Also to access the trail, you have to take the John Wayne Pioneer Trail until you pass the creek, then the Cedar Butte trail will be on the right.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

I will say that it's a moderate short one, but it's a beautiful trail, really quiet compare with the rattlesnake just in front. The view it's really nice.

Monday, May 08, 2017

Very quiet, short. Nice view.

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