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 good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
987 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

trail running

lake

river

views

From Seattle, E on I-90 to exit 32. Right on 468th Ave for 3.5 miles to the parking area on the left side of the road

hiking
2 days 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.

hiking
10 days ago

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.

hiking
17 days ago

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

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1 month ago

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.

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1 month ago

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

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2 months ago

Great hike!

2 months ago

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

2 months ago

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

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2 months ago

Very nice view from the top